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The NFL has now decided that they will have helmet decals on their helmets that are featuring the initials or the names of people who are victims of police malfeasance.
Here is the issue that I have we this.
If you are going to allow helmet decals, you are going to have to go back and apologize to Jason Witten because you wouldn’t allow him to wear a helmet decal with the Dallas Cowboys in honor of all the police officers who were assassinated by a member of Black Lives Matter a few years ago.
Back then the NFL said they didn’t allow political statements to be made by helmet decals.
So how in the world is the NFL going to allow a small number of helmet decals for people who were victims of police violence but they won’t allow helmet decals to honor police officers who have lost their lives trying to protect all of us.
The NFL needs to be very careful. They better not discriminate on content like the NBA is doing. If you are going to allow statements to be made about politics on the helmets then players and teams to be able to make a variety of different statements.
That needs to be consistent. If you are going to allow Black Lives Matter to put on people like Michael Brown when we know that “hands up, don’t shoot” was a lie. The entire movement was a lie.
Michael Brown was not killed unjustly by a police officer. If you allow that, you better allow players who want to honor law enforcement to do it as well.
I’ll also point this out. The NFL would not allow Tim Tebow to put Bible verses in his eye-black. Remember that?
If you won’t allow a player to write a Bible verse in his eye-black, how in the world do you allow a player to make a statement politically on his helmet?
The NFL better allow players who want to put Bible verses on their helmets to do so as well.
You can’t set-in-place a policy that doesn’t allow Bible verses or the endorsement of police officers for all they do for us across the country and simultaneously allow the endorsement of Black Lives Matter political slogans.
If you are going to allow this, you need to open it up to a variety of different perspectives.
People should be able to honor whatever they would like to honor if you are going to allow helmet stickers.
It needs to be consistent and it shouldn’t be content discriminatory. Everyone needs to be considered equal.
If you are going to allow BLM stickers, why about if someone is someone is pro-choice, what if someone is pro-life, what if someone is against the death penalty, what is someone is pro-Trump or pro-Biden?
Where do you draw the line on which political statements are permitted to be made on uniforms during NFL games?
If you are going to allow them, don’t lead me down the path that the NBA has adopted where they give you propaganda and require you to only have political opinions that they approve.
The NFL needs to be fair and even-handed. If someone wants a Bible verse, they can get it. If someone wants to advocate for BLM, they can do it. If someone wants to advocate for abortion, pro or con, they should have that ability too.
I think this is a bad move for the NFL but I want it to be applied consistently.
The NFL is breaking precedent here. They didn’t allow Jason Witten and the Dallas Cowboys to advocate for officers who were shot while doing their job — executed by a member of Black Lives Matter in Dallas.
But they will allow Black Lives Matter to put names of individuals on the back of their helmets and they didn’t allow Tim Tebow to put a Bible verse in his eye-black.
This is the NFL breaking precedent. They need to be actually honest and be 100% consistent — not content discriminatory based on political opinions.
Maybe they should allow an Outkick decal or a DBAP decal on their helmets.