Roger Goodell and NFL brass are wrong to punish players who kneel.

The NFL Should Be Embarrassed to Punish Players Who Protest

The NFL Should Be Embarrassed to Punish Players Who Protest

A daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca.
May 23 2018 7:19 PM

Thanks for Protesting … Now Stop

If the NFL has a good explanation for its intent to punish players who kneel during the anthem, it has yet to give it.

Members of the Miami Dolphins kneel during the national anthem
Members of the Miami Dolphins kneel during the national anthem prior to an NFL game on Sept. 24 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

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On The Gist, the NFL can’t give a decent explanation for its kneeling ban.

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Mike Pesca is the host of the Slate daily podcast The Gist. He also contributes reports and commentary to NPR.