Seattle Seahawks wide receiver, Doug Baldwin, believes that some NFL owners have essentially forbidden National Anthem protests.
The National Football League does not have rules that govern the actions of a player during the playing of the National Anthem. NFL Commissioner, Roger Goodell, has come out publicly saying that he supports the choices of the players to protest and exercise their rights as American citizens.
Baldwin asserted that some NFL team owners have furtively forbidden their players from participating in National Anthem protests. According to Baldwin, there are many NFL players who would like to join in the protest started by 49ers quarterback, Colin Kaepernick, but cannot.
“[NFL owners] have taken a stand and told players to do certain things, which I think is egregious,” said Baldwin on an episode of Any Given Wednesday with Bill Simmons. “There’s been owners that have told their players to do specific things or to not do specific things … regarding the National Anthem and the protests. The one quote that I was informed of was, ‘You’re going to stand on the line with your hand on your heart and you’re going to sing the National Anthem because this is my stage.’”
Baldwin joins teammates Richard Sherman and Michael Bennett in his willingness to speak out on societal subjects. Last month, Sherman refused to answer questions after a police shooting and argued that there is no reason for NFL players to trust their owners and administration.