The NFL's protest crisis

Story highlights

  • Samuel Chi: The NFL has every right to demand that its players make no fuss while the national anthem is playing
  • This isn't a free speech issue as many sympathetic to Colin Kaepernick's cause have claimed it to be, Chi says

Samuel Chi is the co-founding editor of RealClearWorld and managing editor of RealClearSports. You can follow him @ThePlayoffGuru. The views expressed are his own.

(CNN)The National Football League has a real crisis on its hands.

No, this isn't about concussions, domestic violence or even the ridiculously infamous "Deflategate." This is about the national anthem -- whether to stand, kneel or raise a fist while giant American flags are being unfurled from end zone to end zone.