Activist and Intercept columnist Shaun King, claims that he’s spoken to “several NFL stars” who have told him that they’re “considering sitting out the season until the de facto ban on Eric Reid and Colin Kaepernick is removed,” Breitbart reports.
Shaun King also claims that the unnamed “star” players hope to get 25 percent of all players to sit out with them.
If they’re truly considering staying away from training camp and/or the regular season, it will get very expensive. Teams can fine players up to $40,000 per day for skipping camp, according to Pro Football Talk. Not to mention what the players might lose in endorsement money while protesting a policy that has a 53% approval rating.
In addition to any forfeited game checks, players will be susceptible to an attack on any unearned amounts of signing bonuses they previously have received.
BREAKING: Several star @NFL players have told me they are considering sitting out the season until the de facto ban of Eric Reid and Colin Kaepernick is removed and both men are given spots back on rosters.
They aim to get 25% of the players to sit out with them.
— Shaun King (@shaunking) May 27, 2018
And while teams often will look the other way when holdouts arising from contract disputes end, it’s safe to say that owners wouldn’t react well to walkouts based on the status of Kaepernick and Reid.
NBC Reports- The fact that there’s been no chatter about players choosing not to show up on Tuesday for the next round of OTAs, either due to the new anthem rule or to the ongoing unemployment of Kaepernick and Reid, makes it hard to believe that any star players (or any non-star players) would give up money — and potentially give plenty of money back — all in the name of helping Kaepernick and Reid.
It is also noteworthy that Shaun King has become questionable in some of what he writes and releases to the public.
What we do know as facts is that the NFL “changed” their policy, when in reality no they did not, all they did was push the policy onto individual teams.
A few players have come out against the national anthem policy since the “change”.
These few players have commented on continuing protests and their desire to get their fellow players to join them.
This is nothing more than the NFL Office attempting, in appearance, to show the fans that they are now patriotic and embrace our national anthem, military, law enforcement and our President. When in fact, by their own actions, they do not and never will.
Chris “Badger” Thomas is a Veteran who served our country as an Army Combat Medic.
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