One NFL GM told Pro Football Weekly on Monday, “I hate this! Of course I don’t want to see anyone on my team or anyone I’m associated with insult a single fan of our football team, but this isn’t a close call.
“Not only is it clearly the right of our players to express themselves however they see fit as long as it’s done in a peaceful and non-disruptive manner, our lawyers tell us they may very well have some legal protections to keep us from disciplining them or trying to stop it.
“The only one who can defuse this now is the president. He’d have to apologize, or at least back down in some way, and what are the chances he’s going to do that?”