50 Former NFL Players Start New League That Will Encourage Players To Protest

There are 50 former NFL players involved in the new Freedom Football League that will be played in the spring

Bristol, CT – A group of former National Football League players announced they will be starting a new professional football league that will encourage its players to speak out on social issues.

Ricky Williams, the former Heisman Trophy winner at the University of Texas who played 12 seasons in the NFL, made the announcement of the start-up league called the Freedom Football League on ESPN. The league would be played in the spring.

Williams said that, unlike the NFL, the start-up league would not have an issue with players commenting on social issues.

"We're trying to develop young men," Williams said on ESPN. "You can't take away their voice and expect them to develop. ... When I grew up watching football, I really wanted to be like Jim Brown, not because of what he did on a field, but because he could take that platform and have a voice. And so, when I got to the NFL expecting that to be the case, anytime a big social issue came up we were told: 'Be quiet ... It's a distraction.' And so really [we're] changing the conversation."

There was no starting date for the league, according to the New York Post. The league would have 10 teams in cities in California (San Diego, Oakland), Missouri (St. Louis), Alabama (Birmingham), Oklahoma (Oklahoma City), Oregon (Portland) and teams in unannounced cities in Texas, Florida, Ohio and Connecticut.

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There are 100 stakeholders in the league, including former NFL star Terrell Owens, according to the New York Post.

Altogether, there are 50 former NFL players involved in the startup.

The Freedom Football League is one of three leagues that are in the works. The Alliance of American Football will start in February, and the XFL will be back in February 2020, according to the New York Post.

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Det_John_Kimble
Det_John_Kimble

Exactly what are they protesting again I forgot?

Karles_1
Karles_1

Count on me to not be watching... I refuse to support anyone who chooses to disrespect those of us who have/ those who still are and those who have lost their lives fighting for this country!

Whiskey5jda
Whiskey5jda

I won't be watching

Sailor
Sailor

Wonder if they have taken one too many hits to the head.

pat901$aol.com
pat901$aol.com

Keep politics out of sports....also keep police reports out of sports. Sports is Entertainment; not somebody s' political platform

angeleyes
angeleyes

they would rather kneel in submission than stand for something.

Golobki
Golobki

Ricky Wiliams the guy who walked away from his team mid season and disappeared.

Readbetweenthelines
Readbetweenthelines

Kapernick makes the team! Hahaha!!! Why do sports and Hollywood elites believe they have a right to monopolise the free thinker?! Their chosen profession/s is a way for ordinary people to escape the real world, for a moment of sheer indulgence or entertainment. Stick to the script sheeples. If you want to get political move out of your comfort zones and run for Congress! Simples!

K9ndn
K9ndn

I can say with all confidence that that this will fail miserably! This is a league for racist anti American thugs! Got dopers and men who like to hit ladies running this!!
Piss poor examples of of rope members and men!

rds40
rds40

Actually knew Ricky when he was playing. A decent guy. Surprised he was involved. Financially he left far from wethy.

rds40
rds40

He was injured and at one point wanted to smoke marajuana more than play. But he was a nice guy when I knew him.

rds40
rds40

50 guys Probably zero sponsorship. It's doomed before it starts. Will they be playing in beighborhood parks? Ricky..wise up.

LEO0301
LEO0301

It seems they have money to burn because this is destined for failure. How many networks will be televising their games? None is my prediction.

VicG
VicG

This has failure written on it right from the start. Couldn't happen to a nicer bunch of thugs...

JBo
JBo

I hear that Somalia is looking for a pro team...hint hint.

RPG156
RPG156

This is a movement going uphill on greased tracks. I won't be watching.

Dfc3166
Dfc3166

Now here's a brilliant idea!🤣🤣 let's piss away more of our money!

Sky2nd
Sky2nd

So will they support players participating in domestic violence as well? You know, cause that is a form of freedom of speech!

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

Det_John_Kimble " Exactly what are they protesting again I forgot?"

Hi Det_John, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays . As I understand this complex issue for this week ---The kneeling NFL protesters have shifted to protesting Burger King. They are protesting the racial bias as to why they are not receiving extra pickles on their Whoppers when they absolutely and specifically asked for extra pickles in the drive through . I know as sometimes its hard to keep up with all the shippy shappin from the NFL.

FrogHill
FrogHill

This is a PR stunt on paper and nothing more. This "League" has zero intentions of actually carrying this idea through.

This group of "Investors" have less money than they do intentions. If anything these ex-players think they are still relevant, and important enough that some outside money may be thrown at them for their "League"

If any corporation, group or anyone are ignorant enough to think that this league was ever a reality, or a viable idea and throws money into the "Freedom Pot" then what will more than likely happen is that these 50 pillars of the NFL will laugh, divide the money, disappear, and if sued have their lawyers step in front of every TV camera in the world and scream racism

cspcapt
cspcapt

s if they protest. they are like a tree that falls in the forest and no one is around, who cares what sound it may make no one can hear it

Sgt Rock
Sgt Rock

Who's the Commissioner, the Reeeeeeevvv Al Sharpton?

sonnyboy43
sonnyboy43

Freedom Football League? And they protest by kneeling for the anthem that stands for freedom. What a joke they've become.

Ladyfluterby
Ladyfluterby

This will be another failure. Besides who has stopped them from speaking out in the NFL. Seems to me they been doing it for a couple of years now with absolutely no repercussions or penalties. Just one more way for a bunch of entitled self absorbed sports figures to showboat.

61mouse
61mouse

Williams said that, unlike the NFL, the start-up league would not have an issue with players commenting on social issues........

Well I don't see the NATIONAL FELON LEAGUE doing anything now. So I don't know what the hell he is talking about

61mouse
61mouse

Ricky has gone off his meds AGAIN . That's pretty strong weed he got his hands on

rumrot
rumrot

Cool, I haven't watched nfl in 2 years when they started trashing our flag was ashamed of Americans watching the nfl for their trashing of our flag even some vets, we are growing in numbers. And the good news is their revenue is plummeting we will keep chipping away at these ignorant thugs with no brains. If they stood with us when this started they would have stopped these millionaire thugs who hate America because they have had it so tough silly thugs.

Stanracer
Stanracer

Wonder if this new league is going to educate people about the differance between police procedure and "so called" police "brutality". Probably not.

Pack
Pack

HaHa! And who are they going to sue when they fail?

Sheriffone
Sheriffone

I hear Iraq and the PLO are looking for expansion teams. Maybe there is an opportunity over there for them.

Fisher68
Fisher68

These guy's are just plain ignorant !! The Flag they KNEEL before is FREEDOM !!!! IDIOTS

Usaf9000
Usaf9000

Yeah sure they are.

Fubar66
Fubar66

I'll bet $100 that they never play 1 down of football!

turnergal5$
turnergal5$

This is ridiculous!! They don’t “speak out” on social issues. They just kneel and complain. They DO NOTHING!!!

investigator
investigator

Terrell Owens? No need to read anymore!

Mean Green
Mean Green

Well THAT should be entertaining...NOT !

ConvoMaster
ConvoMaster

Well I do watch entertainment stuff hoping to be told how to feel and think.......ok not really. Highly paid athletes who follow feelings over fact. Young people stuck believing lies from the 60's hot air.

grant99710
grant99710

Since I don’t watch or follow ESPN..I won’t be watching this supposed football league either! I will be surprised if this gets off the ground.

2bears
2bears

Hahahaha,fuk'em !

DaleMcNamee
DaleMcNamee

Goodbye pro-football and pro-sports in general... Same for college sports that allow "wokefullness"...

They aren't important to life...

burgerallday
burgerallday

It ain't going anywhere, but what if it did? No rule book , no officials, players would argue about every play, guns would come out and then the survivors would complain because nobody stepped in to hep dem.

KrissyRN81
KrissyRN81

More THUG football. NO THANKS. I haven't watched football in years !!!!!

RunCop
RunCop

All dem college educated athletes.......day be sooo smart!!

Officer Cynical
Officer Cynical

I'm starting a new football league, too! Players will wear no protective gear and always run backwards. Instead of a football, we'll use a cactus, and the field is 18 yards long. And we have a better chance of success than Ricky Williams' proposed debacle.

Hannibal
Hannibal

The linger of a fart will last longer than this new league. ROFL! Good stuff, glad to see them go but it doesn't matter. The NFL has shown their true colors. I won't be watching any of it. They should move to Russia and start it there.

Skoolboy42
Skoolboy42

Hahahahahahaha....sadly I do believe it’s those who are not supportive of the kneeler who have attempted to maintain some limited support of the league. I do NOT see a lot of public financial support from these neo-Americans trying to put a lesser product on the table.

retiredcop
retiredcop

Who has told any player they cannot protest? That they cannot speak out on social issues? No one. Many just don't want them taking their social agenda to work. Get a clue, you prima donnas. This is the same restrictions WE ALL WORK UNDER. Anyone out there allowed to protest at work? No, of course not. These players have a bigger audience while not at work than any of us would ever hope to have, yet that is not enough. Oh no, if they can't also protest at work then they are VICTIMS.

junkmansj
junkmansj

What channel is this Football on? I will WATCH IT!

amdguru
amdguru

Funny thing is, Jim Brown has already announced he supports Trump so that probably wasn't the best name to drop. ROFL. What do you expect from a bunch of liberal retards though. LOL

JohnPollastro
JohnPollastro

Ricky Williams the washed up pot smoker what a fucking loser. I don’t watch the National Felon League anymore why would I watch a bunch of has beens that are probably using walkers and canes and living in retirement homes. Hasn’t America had enough of the Obama divide. 🖕🏼 these assholes