The Bengals will have a four-game slate that begins with the a home clash with the Chicago Bears in Week 1. The Bears won easily at Cincinnati late in the regular season. A date and game time for this matchup will be announced later, but it will be played sometime from August 9-13.
The Bengals’ preseason finale will come against the Indianapolis Colts on Thursday, August 30. The annual I-74 rivalry game will be played in Cincinnati this year. The Bengals and Colts have played the preseason finale every year throughout Marvin Lewis ’ tenure in Cincinnati, and this will be the 26th meeting in the last 27 years. This fourth game is usually dominated by players on the fringe of making the final roster, but some starters get limited snaps.
How is it “necessarily illegitimate?” The players are employees that are paid by the owner. At my job, I can’t perform an animal sacrifice in the breakroom & use religious freedom to get out any consequences from that action. This is really no different. The employer has a right to ask a potential employee if they plan on doing activities that are detrimental to the work environment or cause harm to the company’s finances.
How does this compare (or contrast) to something like ESPN firing Kurt Schilling for what he tweets? Legit question. Either case is making a hiring/firing decision based upon free political speech.
Malcolm Jenkins did his protest. He even got his owner involved. They actually took action and went to speak with LEOs and the Philadelphia government.
Is he being blackballed? No. Granted, he didn’t wear pig socks, but you cant say there is positively collusion when other guys have protested and are seeing absolutely zero backlash.