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Saturday, August 01, 2020

The right to stand is not the obligation to stand

I suppose this was inevitable, given that most debates about free speech are not about free speech but about one side's policy preferences. But not standing for the Anthem has become news, and a source of criticism, for players, coaches, and others in the NBA bubble. Spurs Head Coach Gregg Popovich (whose progressive credentials should not be in dispute) and assistant Becky Hammon did not stand; they defended by one of the Spurs star players. Jonathan Isaac of the Magic stood and did not wear a BLM t-shirt; he defended by a teammate.

That we are talking about people not standing shows that we have come a long way since 2016--from "people should not kneel" to "people should not not kneel." But that is as bad. The idea in supporting Colin Kaepernick is that players should be able to choose methods of expressing their ideas. That should cover what they choose to use and what they choose not to use.

Posted by Howard Wasserman on August 1, 2020 at 04:44 PM | Permalink


And people who chose not to kneel shouldn't be attacked either. Otherwise they are being subjugated and are less free.

Posted by: Commonsense | Aug 2, 2020 12:08:33 AM

The real concern is the fake hyper-patriotism partnership between sports and the military that led to this point anyway.

Posted by: thegreatdisappointment | Aug 1, 2020 6:03:15 PM

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