The American Bar Association’s legal fact check program received a new challenge over the weekend when numerous NFL players either took a knee or stayed in the locker room while the national anthem was performed prior to their games. Heightening the controversial actions by the players were remarks made by President Donald Trump at a political rally in Alabama on Friday.
The legal issues raised by President Trump in his remarks are essentially twofold. The first deals with whether a business owner can mandate certain conduct in a private workplace. The second speaks to whether government can force conventional conduct, such as putting one’s hand over the heart while reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.
Trump’s comments highlight both constitutional and contractual issues, according to the ABA. More details on the legality of the two can be found at ABA Legal Fact Check.