Keith Whittington is one of nine legal experts consulted by Vox with the question: Can the NFL fire players for kneeling during the anthem? While all agreed that it would not be unconstitutional, Professor Whittington added,
"From the perspective of our civic culture, however, I would hope that we would generally resist the president’s suggestion that we use social institutions to stifle individual dissent that the president or the general public finds offensive or discomforting. A free society should be tolerant of hearing dissenting perspectives in the public sphere."
Keith Whittington is William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Politics at Princeton University and a CSDP Faculty Associate.