Originally posted by @suzianne
Every conservative who thinks the NFL players' protest is about the flag, or the military, or vets should read this article.
Fox News and the president both have it wrong, and they're both willing to lie to keep it that way.
You're missing the point. Of course (most) people know that the protests are about police brutality and social inequality. But the debate is, perforce, also about flag or the military.
The players' argument is that kneeling or sitting for the anthem is a proper venue for protest about police brutality and social inequality. The counterargument is that they should stand out of respect for the flag and the military and use another venue, other than the anthem, to protest police brutality and social inequality.
Personally, I don't give a damn what the players think (I watch them because I like watching football games, not because I give a hoot what their politics are), though the NFL has every right to force them to conduct themselves on the field and in uniform in a manner that will not hurt the league. But by protesting the anthem, which is synonymous with the flag and the military, the players make the debate include the flag and the military, regardless of what the protest is about.