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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