There’s no connection between Damon Bruce and free speech

Damon Bruce’s Rant and Free Speech

11/11/13 in NFL   |   PAULLEBOWITZ   |   109 respect

Oct 14 2012; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill (17) is helped to his feet by guard Richie Incognito (68) and tackle Jake Long (77) in a game against the St. Louis Rams at Sun Life Stadium. The Dolphins defeated the Rams 17-14. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY SportsIs that an infringement on free speech for an employer to tell an employee, “I don’t want to see you dropping F-bombs on Twitter”? No. There are usually clauses in an employment contract or applications process for a school that will give the hiring/admissions departments leeway in why they won’t choose to hire or admit a person. I certainly wouldn’t hire a person who was behaving in a manner I deemed inappropriate on social media and that’s not me saying, “You can’t say that.” It’s me saying, “You can’t say that if you want to work for me.”
 
There’s a difference.
 
No one is stopping Bruce from saying whatever he wants. However, to think that a firing or suspension is muzzling his right to say it is ignorant to the fact that he’s employed by KNBR. Should they choose to let him go, he can continue his anti-woman commentary on a personal podcast and no one can say a word. That’s free speech in its broader context. What he did on the radio was free speech as well. To think that he can’t be punished for it if it’s deemed inappropriate by his bosses is missing the entire concept of what free speech is supposed to mean. 
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11/12/13   |   cam_barr   |   1 respect

Dan_B wrote:
Why thank you, sir.

No doubt

11/11/13   |   Dan_B   |   1067 respect

PAULLEBOWITZ wrote:
I don't think it counts as a rant if it's dead-on point. 

Why thank you, sir.

11/11/13   |   PAULLEBOWITZ   |   109 respect

I don't think it counts as a rant if it's dead-on point. 

11/11/13   |   Dan_B   |   1067 respect

I have always found the misunderstanding of "freedom of speech" in this country interesting. The 1st Amendment reads: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof, or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press..." I bolded "Congress" because the 1st Amendment addresses government actions, not the actions of private companies (like KNBR).

So when teams get mad when athletes said stupid things and people react by saying there is freedom of speech, that is silly. That just means that athlete can't get prosecuted for that speech -- it doesn't mean the team, or the league (hello, Roger Goodell), can't get mad. 

--end rant--