The owners did this to themselves. They had the chance to nip it in the bud, but they feared the liberal backlash more than the conservative anger. They were wrong.
And no, it is not a violation of 1st Amendment rights. The players are employees, the stadium is their workplace, and when Sunday rolls around they are on the clock. The Scotus has several rulings that cover political speech during work time or on the job.
The players and staff do not have a right to make politician statements without the permission of their employers, the team owners.
July 06, 2017