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Regulating Speech at Work

OPINION: Athletes taking knees are exercising their freedom of speech

Statements were released before and after games of owners', coaches', and players' reactions to Trump's comments; many statements called his comments "divisive" and most players took his "son of a bitch" remark personally.

Although the right to freedom of speech is fundamental, it is not absolute.

Chris Long (left) stands with Malcolm Jenkins and Rodney McLeod during the national anthem October 8. Many say that kneeling is a peaceful form of protest, while others claim it is disrespectful to the American flag and the ones who died for that flag.

In 2016, football player Colin Kaepernick started a national dialogue by kneeling during the national anthem to protest perceived racial injustice in the United States.

I respect these protesters not only for embracing their constitutional rights, but also for using their platform to peacefully protest and bring attention to issues concerning social inequalities.

Washington Redskins teammates during the national anthem before a game against the Oakland Raiders at FedExField on September 24, 2017 in Landover, Maryland.

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"This presidential tactic is not new in the Trump era", Smith said in regards to Trump's media attacks.

He suggested a stronger punishment for kneeling a second time and a season-long suspension for a third offense.

Trump, however, insisted Wednesday that despite First Amendment protections of free speech the protest by players was unacceptable. Although I don't particularly agree with kneeling during the anthem, and I absolutely do not agree with burning the American flag, banning these acts is simply unconstitutional.

Shepard Smith then compared how Donald Trump and Richard Nixon both handled the press by citing the former president's behavior during the time of the Watergate scandal.

The issue came to a head as Vice President Mike Pence traveled to IN to attend an NFL game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Indianapolis Colts, but left after some players reportedly took a knee during the playing of the national anthem.

Trump never fails to change the story to fit his ignorant venom and this interview is another example of this fact. Trump makes a habit of bashing reporters and media outlets on Twitter, dismissing reports that reflect negatively on him as nothing more than "fake news". "We also discussed how we could use our platform, provided to us by being professional athletes in the National Football League, to speak for those who are voiceless".

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