But players are also human beings. They have the right to express themselves as long as they don't do/ say anything that violates league rules, and isn't hateful or harmful. Seeing as how standing for the National Anthem was never a requirement, players choosing to kneel during it isn't an actual issue. Whatever interpretations make off it is irrelevant because everyone has an opinion but opinion =/= fact and no rules were broken.
This is where my thing about Irsay connects. There are some that might look at his live for Rock and collecting guitars as a distraction because it makes him appear to eccentric. You don't see Reggie Wayne saying "Maybe he should focus less on his guitars and more on the time". How Irsay chooses to express himself is his business. He should do the same.
That was my overall point that I think I screwed up because of how I worded and presented it. Everyone has non-harmful aspects of their personalities and life that could be judged. Whether you kneel on the sideline during the Anthem, have a foot fetish like Ryan, hangout with rappers like DeSean Jackson, or whatever people shouldn't be judged for how they express themselves. Irsay saying he doesn't agree with kneeling because he doesn't feel the NFL Is the place for it is equivalent to saying that Aqib Talib shouldn't be up in clubs, the Rams players shouldn't have done the hands up thing, or Eric Decker shouldn't have been so open about his sex life on his reality show.