Packers fan’s lawsuit against Bears could impact anthem debate

As the NFL braces for the NFL Players Association’s potential legal challenge(s) to the new anthem policy, the league should be concerned, at least a little bit, about the possibility of a lawsuit based on the First Amendment.
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What’s that, you say? The First Amendment doesn’t apply to private employers? It generally doesn’t. But when private employers put their employees to work in a publicly-funded venue, the analysis possibly changes.

Or maybe not. In Grimm’s article, one legal expert Brian Leetch Jersey compares the situation to hosting a private birthday party in a public park. NFL games represent a private business endeavor that plays out in a public arena that anyone who pays the appropriate fee may attend. A plausible argument could be made that the close relationship between NFL teams and the publicly-owned stadiums transforms everything about the situation into a public event.
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Chambers, who trains NFL players at his fitness center in Davie, Florida, first criticized Parker on May 25 in the Miami Herald. He said he had reached out to Parker several times to offer my assistance to speed up his growth curve with no response.

I don’t know if he fully gets what it means to be a pro, Chambers said, via Barry Jackson of the Herald. [Athleticism] and talent only last so long. Hard work, dedication and technique will take you a longer way when you add it on top of talent.

The Dolphins continue to wait on Parker to break out and live up to being a first-round pick in 2015. He has never had more than 57 catches, 744 yards and four touchdowns in a season. But Miami is taking a different approach with Parker this season.

They have four picks between Rounds 3 and 4, then another four in Round 6. They can use some of that capital to help address what is a clear and immediate need on a roster that is ready to contend for a Super Bowl. The Rams are without their two starting outside linebackers from last year. Robert Quinn was dealt to the Dolphins and Connor Barwin remains a free agent, with the Rams seemingly preferring to move on. They’re high on Samson Ebukam and Matt Longacre, the next guys in line. But they need to shore this up with a young, controllable, starting-caliber player, and the best way to do that is through the draft. — Alden Gonzalez

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