FS1’s Jason Whitlock: Anthem Protests Hurt the League; They’re Branding Themselves Unpatriotic
KILMEADE: "Over the last 24 hours, the NFL players union has fired back against the NFL’s decision ordering players to stand for the national anthem or a stake in the locker room. The players association just filed a grievance against the league saying they have the right to kneel or sit or do something else, or protest. They want the right resource. Jason Whitlock cohosts of speak for yourself joins us right now on the Fox Sports 1 studio. Will this help or hurt the lead?"
WHITLOCK: "I think it will hurt the individual players as well in terms of the brand of NFL player. These guys don’t seem to get it. They are branding themselves as unpatriotic in a sport that since Pete Roselle in the 1960s has branded itself as over patriotic. This is completely off-brand and off the business model that the NFL has established for itself and its players. It is bad business. If these guys want to protest, there are six other days in the week. There are 21 other hours on Sunday for them to do that. When you are playing in the NFL, your goal is to make as much money as humanly possible for playing a dangerous game and then take that money and support whatever causes you believe in. This is so crystal-clear I have no idea what those guys are thinking."