President Cheeto sparked a united protest of the National Anthem amongst athletes. A protest that began in with Colin Kaepernick and slowly sprinkled to other football players has now been adopted in the NBA as well as NHL. Tampa Bay Lightning (NHL) forward J. T. Brown raised his fist in the air during the National Anthem and rumors began to spread about Brown being fired by the owner.
Despite the climate of the country right now, I couldn’t believe that an owner would be so stupid as to fire someone for exercising their First Amendment right. My first thought after reading the article was, “LAW SUIT!” So after a little bit of research here’s what I found out actually happened.
Brown made a Twitter post stating he would no longer raise his fist during the anthem along with an explanation as to why he made this decision.
Brown actually thanked the Lightning organization for supporting him during the protest. “I am incredibly thankful for my team’s support,” Brown’s statement read, “[they] were all supportive of my choice to exercise my First Amendment Right regardless of their personal feelings. Immediately after the game last Saturday, they asked me how they can help me accomplish what I want to be done.”