This whole "players-on-the-knee" thing, during the National Anthem, is not about free speech.
For those who are unaware, there is a battle going on.
You can recognize it when they try shout down and attack conservative speakers at universities, when they riot and set cars on fire and break storefront windows, when they tear down statues, when they outright lie, and when the FAKE NEWS colludes with democrats.
In the most simplistic terms, it is the constitutional laws and values of this nation being attacked by the globalist, socialist and communistic powers trying to FUNDAMENTALLY TRANSFORM the United States of America.
IT IS SO F'ING OBVIOUS - but how so many people don't get it, is hard to understand. But, it is obvious they think they've got momentum on their side and going ALL-IN, pushing for single-payer (socialist) health care and the destruction of capitalism.
If you don't fall in line with the wacko progressive democrats and the fake news of CNN, MSNBC, etc., then YOU ARE A RACIST.
If you're a Republican, conservative, or just someone who believes in the constitution and the rule of law... when someone calls you a racist, you can take comfort in knowing that THEY are the true racists and race baiters.
Unfortunately, the globalists and progressive socialists have been quite successful in the arts of indoctrination, brainwashing, coercion , blackmail and intimidation.
To better understand what's going on, read Saul Alinsky's Rules for Radicals.
The battle is on for the US constitution, the rule of law, fairness and freedom --- versus some type of bastardized alternative.
I'm rooting for the US constitution.