I’m trying to understand this logic.  Whenever an athlete voices an opinion on politics or social issues, someone in a bar or standing by the water cooler at the office will make the proclamation that they are not paying them for that.  “I’m not paying them for their opinions.”  And I’m just standing there wondering, “What the fuck are you talking about?  And what convoluted logic allowed you to arrive at a place where you are making such a statement?”

You might be a sports fan.  You might buy tickets to the game or games.  You might buy a jersey or a cap.  You might run your dumbass opinions on a sports radio talk show.  But how does that give you any say on the athlete’s free speech.  If you buy tickets to a game or games, that buys you the right to go to the venue and witness the game.  If you buy a jersey or cap, it gives you the right to wear those items or use them as décor or whatever.  Paying an inflated price for the jersey doesn't give you special rights.  It may raise some questions as to your own intelligence that you paid the inflated price but that's another issue.  If you watch the game for free on network TV then you really didn’t pay for anything at all.  Cheap bastard!

At the point that you attend and witness the game or wear the product, you have gotten, in full, the value of your purchase.  That purchase does not give you the right to dictate someone else’s speech.  And why would you be the arbiter of speech anyway?  How does being a fool that pays 5 or 6 times the value of a jersey in order to have a player’s name and number on it qualify you to be an authority on speech?  If anything, you are probably less qualified to be dictating what other people can or can’t say.

If you’re really that offended that the players are voicing opinions then you should simply boycott those athletes or sports leagues.  Of course, we know you won’t do that.  When I suggest that you start crying that really like sports and wouldn’t know what else to do.  Well, that speaks volumes to your own measure as a human being.  It would seem that you be grateful that you get to watch the game and just shut the fuck up otherwise!  Of course, I can’t tell you to do that.  I would be curtailing your right to free speech if I did that.  You fully have the right to be every much the braying ass you are accusing them of being.

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allets's picture

Free Speech

All of the "rights" come with a dose of logic and sense. Can nit telk lues ir damage reputation. Rigt to bear arms - thus us not 1776 with wolves and bears around the next hedge. Wirkd just git more crazies with guns.  



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let the players speak freely

let the players speak freely

allets's picture

Can not tell lies and damage

Can not tell lies and damage reps - sorry for tyyposss. We live in a turn off the noise culture and miss civilization shifting. One generation condones Bo Shem who gets statue and stadium name - son raped, not reported, other boys betrayed of trust by doctor strangelove. Law suits and u of m. Do they have enough zeros?