The Kaepernick Policy demands players show “proper respect” to national symbols. What does “proper respect” mean? Who gets to decide? Is punishment for failure to comply fair or just? What are the mechanisms to defend oneself against these charges? Does any of this even make sense?
“The flag and the national anthem receive an unhealthy amount of attention in the United States. It’s unnatural for a republic built upon the enlightenment values of freedom of speech, freedom of association, and representative government to put so much emphasis on a piece of cloth that merely represents these values. We behave as though the red, white, and blue is where the value resides.”