If real life was like the NFL

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It’s been very interesting reading through the #TakeAKnee tweets on Twitter. Clearly the people supporting this behavior have never held a real job in their entire lives.

How hard is it to understand that the NFL is a business and the players are employees? The NFL hires them to perform a task for which they are richly compensated.

This means that the NFL absolutely has every right to determine how its employees will comport themselves while at work.

And this might shock you. But every company has that right.

If you work for a law firm, you probably can’t show up for work wearing a tube top and barely there short-shorts.

Most employers would frown on employees shooting up heroin at their desks.

And customer service employees who have a foul mouth on the job probably wouldn’t last.

Employers can require a dress code, a code of conduct – anything they feel best serves their customers and their business.

The NFL is no different.

I worked for a landscape construction company for ten years.

The guys were required to wear a company shirt with long pants – no shorts, ever. Work boots, not sneakers, were required footwear.

And safety gear was not optional.

Because our guys were invited to people’s homes to install landscaping or hardscaping, they were not to use foul or abusive language on the job.

And, yes, we actually had to set a rule that you are not to urinate in the homeowner’s bushes.

These folks were paying us and trusting us to be on their property. We expected the guys to represent the company appropriately. And that meant being on their best behavior.

Telling them not to curse like drunken rappers was not infringing on their freedom of speech.

They were at work and they were being paid to represent us on the job.

How they talked on their own time was none of our business.

Frankly, I didn’t care if they punched out at the end of the day, got in their cars and cussed a blue-streak.

But on the job we had every right to expect a certain level of common courtesy and respect.

Why the hell can’t NFL players and their idiot defenders understand that?

If these multi-millionaires feel super oppressed by this country, they are more than welcome to vent their spleen and make their statement on their own time.

But when you are at work, behave with common courtesy and respect to everyone – including the folks who just paid a hell of a lot of money to watch you play.

I’ve said before that sometimes I feel like Oliver Douglas from “Green Acres.” I’m the only sane person in a town full of crazies.

Expecting people to behave a certain way while at work used to be common sense.

And today it is viewed as “oppression” and a violation of rights.

But the players aren’t the only ones at fault here.

The fact that the NFL is willing to allow this kind of disrespectful behavior from its employees is pretty damn stupid.

And they’ve already begun to pay the price for that stupidity.

Think of it this way.

Would you hire a landscaping company whose workers came to your home, took a leak in your yard, screamed and hollered curse words while you or your children were home, and treated you with absolute disrespect?

Short answer, no. You wouldn’t.

And if you called the company to complain the last thing you’d expect to hear is, “We support our employees’ right to express themselves however they want.”

And if you did, my guess is you’d fire them on the spot.

Then you’d look for a landscaping company with better behaved employees.

If the NFL wants to defend this kind of disrespectful behavior despite the fact that its “customers” do not like it, that’s on them. They are more than welcome to run their business the way they want – even if it means running it into the ground.

But that doesn’t mean that anyone who finds it disrespectful has to stick around to watch it.

To me, this makes all the sense in the world.

But then again, I’m not an America-hating Social Justice Warrior who believes that my every thought and action are so noble and praiseworthy that nobody should be allowed to criticize me.

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10 thoughts on “If real life was like the NFL

  • September 24, 2017 at 12:23 am
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    Amen!

  • September 24, 2017 at 2:08 am
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    If real life was like the NFL, a PETA member could yell at you that “Meat is murder” as you’re ordering your Big Mac from her. Hey! We’re just starting a conversation here!

  • September 24, 2017 at 6:46 am
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    I’m on a fan blog for my local NFL team.Some months ago a black guy got on the board and commented on almost every thread,always ranting about firing the coach and the GM.The other day he was going off on Kaeperpuke not getting a job because he wouldn’t stand up for a “raggedy-ass flag.”I remarked a lot of good people sacrificed everything to give this racist tool the right to spread his filth,all in capital letters.He came back with the normal blizzard of insults and name-calling.I haven’t seen him the last couple days.Hopefully,the moderators figured he didn’t belong on a site where people can discuss a sports team without all the racial garbage.

  • September 24, 2017 at 9:43 am
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    I’m a teacher, if I held a knee during the National Anthem, I would be fired. The students are reminded to show honor and respect to the flag, or they would face punishment.

    It’s a sad reflection that middle school students are more mature than 20-30 something year old cretins who are whining that the country that gives them 120 million to play a crappy sport is an evil empire.

  • September 24, 2017 at 10:12 am
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    Thanks for your spot on treatise, it is about time for a showdown as the NFL is in a self destruct mode.

  • September 24, 2017 at 11:20 am
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    I fired the NFL years ago when I realized they were nothing more than over-paid filthy gutter-snipes. That was somewhere between the second wife beating incident and the third shooting in a strip club. The fact they have all decided they are un American victims of oppression while all being millionaires working for billionaires just seals the deal.

    BTW, for those out there who believe these guys are protesting “America” I have a news flash for ya. They’re protesting WHITE America. They hate you and me and think they can keep getting our money while pissing on our country and culture. I say f**k them.

    • September 24, 2017 at 6:00 pm
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      Amen!

  • September 24, 2017 at 6:02 pm
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    I talked to a very liberal friend of mine tonight and even she is sick if this BS. Progress.

  • September 25, 2017 at 6:53 am
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    If these guys want change then it begins with them. Go into your communities and clean them up. Take a good dose of humility and be grateful for what you have and not what you don’t have.

    When you do that I might listen but not until then.

    And I am sick of everything being political including sports.

  • September 25, 2017 at 7:13 am
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    Remember the NFL would not allow the Cowboys to wear a decal of the Dallas Police dept in a show of support after a few of their finest were executed by thugs. The same thugs these NFL players are showing a solidarity with.

    So there really is no freedom of expression unless its SJW approved expression.

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