Mike Leach thinks that the NFL should have more strict enforcement on players standing for the national anthem.
Few college football coaches are as outspoken as Washington State’s Leach, even at 3:54 a.m. local time, apparently.
Early, early this morning, Leach sent off a tweet castigating NFL commissioner Roger Goodell for his recent stance on the anthem.
After Donald Trump encouraged Goodell to “demand” that players stand via Twitter, the commissioner said that players “should” stand, but stopped short of outlining repercussions for those who continue to protest. Leach doesn’t appear to be a fan of this half-measure, based on his very, very early morning tweet.
Roger Goodell wants to enforce some rules and not others? Total slave to politics. Everyone should should speak freely when NOT at work.
— Mike Leach (@Coach_Leach) October 19, 2017
The “slave to politics” line is interesting, because Goodell has resisted the president’s urging thus far. There is also the argument that Leach is tweeting as coach of Washington State when he says that “everyone should speak freely when not at work.”
Either way, this entire thing further illustrates what a tough spot the NFL is in. It’s easy to say that the league should demand its players to do something, but far harder to start suspending large swaths of star players who are acting out in support of what they believe in.