Many NFL teams reportedly tell players protests during anthem ‘will hurt business’

Last weekend, NFL teams issued statements that in effect supported the rights of their players to kneel or otherwise protest during the national anthem.

This week, many team owners and officials reportedly are sending a very different message to their players. ESPN’s Darren Rovell reported Friday that, “Behind closed doors, it has been made clear by many teams to team leadership that kneeling during anthem will hurt business.”

So far, the only evidence that the eruption of protests last weekend will hurt the NFL’s bottom line is anecdotal. But the barrage of anti-protest comments on social media, the boos in stadiums and the videos of fans burning NFL team jerseys and collectibles don’t look good for the league or its teams.

The season still has a long way to go, and how you finish still means more than how you start more often than not. But everyone in the NFL, especially the AFC, has to take seriously how Cheap Jerseys Direct Coupon Code Alex Smith is playing a quarter of the way in.

The AFC West definitely does. The news was bleak for the Cheap Jerseys China Wholesale Raiders, of course, hearing Monday that they were losing Derek Carr for two to six weeks. Until he’s back at full strength, the obvious edge in the three-team race belongs to the Chiefs and Smith. They’re 4-0, the NFL’s last undefeated team, and Smith is the biggest reason, by far.

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