It is DISGRACEFUL!!!
All the "free speech" advocates (and I advocate free speech vociferously) talk about is their right to free speech. To that point, I agree. They leave out the other half, the yin to the yang. All actions and all speech have CONSEQUENCES!!!! Good or bad. I say boycott the NFL until they realize that, yes, the players have a right to "protest" but the fans have a right to boycott the games and sponsors until the owners take action and suspend each player who disrespects our nation and its colors.
You disrespect the flag or our NATIONAL Anthem at the game, immediate suspension for one week without pay, and ejection (forcible if necessary) from the stadium.
I have been a Patriots fan since their inception, was an "Original" stockholder (5 shares), ushered the games at Fenway Park in the 60's, worked (unpaid) as a training camp aide in 1967 at Philips Andover. My roomie was Patrick Sullivan, later the team's GM.
In 68 I enlisted in the Army and even stopped by training camp to let the guys know. They all wished me well.
I volunteered for and served 15 months in Viet Nam. Pat Horne wrote a nice comment about me in his Boston Sunday Advertiser column (Pat was later named PR Director of the Patriots)
58 thousand of my brethren died for our colors in Viet Nam, many more in previous and future service.
My 2nd cousin, Garrett Lynch was lost on the USS Growler in the South Pacific.
My great great grandfather, Moses C Bartlett, 1st Sergeant of Company B, 35th Massachusetts Infantry, was killed in action by a rebel sniper at "The Crater" in the Battle of Petersburg in 1864.
These disgraceful individuals dishonor EVERY American who served this country, who bled for this country, who died for this country.
Forget the tailgate parties, turn off the NFL, do not do business with their advertisers until the owners teach these individuals about consequences.
Many contracts have a "moral turpitude" clause.
Disrespecting our National Colors, our national Anthem, our Nation is clearly a case of "Moral Turpitude".