H/T Western Journalism.

President Trump is correct when he said fire these SOB’s if the kneel during the National Anthem as they do not have First Amendment Rights on the NFL playing field.

Renowned Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz said Sunday that NFL players do not actually have a constitutional right to kneel during the national anthem.

“The players are entitled to kneel if the owners allow them to,” Dershowitz told host John Catsimatidis on New York’s 970 AM radio station.

“Now the owners could say ‘no’ because the players don’t have a First Amendment right in relation to the owners,” Dershowitz explained, saying that they “only have a First Amendment right in relation to the government.”

The First Amendment states, “Congress shall make no law … abridging the freedom of speech.”

“If you want to protest racism, then protest racism.” Dershowitz said, as reported by The Hill.“But don’t protest the American flag, the national anthem, and the United States of America.”

The constitutional law expert noted that NFL owners are making the decision not to enforce the league’s guidelines calling on the players to stand for the anthem for other reasons, such as concern about “player resentment.”

Dershowitz offered a hypothetical of an expression of political speech that owners would not likely allow.

If their players have a free speech right to kneel, then if there were a player, who was a member of the Ku Klux Klan, he would have a free speech right to put on his Klan robe during the playing of the national anthem,” the professor said.

“The Constitution doesn’t distinguish between good speech and bad speech,” said Dershowitz.

In an op-ed for Fox News last week, the legal scholar shot down the notion that statements by President Donald Trump in opposition to the players kneeling “constitute state action and chill the First Amendment rights” of the players.

Trump has called for a change in tax laws that currently benefit the NFL, if players do not want to respect the flag.

Why is the NFL getting massive tax breaks while at the same time disrespecting our Anthem, Flag and Country? Change tax law!

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Dershowitz pointed out that the president does not have the ability to change the country’s tax laws unilaterally.

“He can ask Congress to do that, and those on the other side can ask it not to,” Dershowitz wrote, arguing that if Congress were to act on Trump’s demand, players might have an argument based on the First Amendment.

“But absent a change in the law, a mere threat from the president — who himself has free speech rights — should not be enough to warrant judicial intervention in the open marketplace of ideas.”

Dershowitz added that to constrain “the president’s freedom of speech might be a slippery slope down which supporters of a vibrant First Amendment should be cautious to go.”

“It could place constraints on the ability of a future president, Republican or Democrat, to use his or her bully pulpit to do good,” he said.

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