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Remember when the NFL was quick to shut down players’ expressions, 9-11 and PATRIOTIC displays? We do …

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Amid the NFL’s full-on embrace of its millionaire players who refuse to stand for the national anthem over perceived racial oppression, it wasn’t all that long ago when the league was quick to take action.

…like when some players wanted to wear patriotic cleats to commemorate 9/11.

LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 24: Jacksonville Jaguars Owner Shahid Kahn links arms with his team as some players take a knee during the National Anthem during the NFL match between the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Baltimore Ravens at Wembley Stadium on September 24, 2017 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mitchell Gunn/Getty Images)

Or, in the case of the Dallas Cowboys, when they were looking to pay tribute to FIVE police officers assassinated by a black man who expressed sympathies toward the violent Black Lives Matter movement.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell threatened players in 2016 with fines if they wore specially designed cleats to commemorate 9/11, which fell on the opening day of the season — in the end, the players were not fined.

In a show of unity with the Dallas Police Department, the Cowboys wanted to wear an “Arm in Arm” decal that same year to pay tribute to five lawmen who were gunned down.

But the NFL said the team’s tribute to the Dallas Police Department wasn’t fitting, even though a decal honoring the victims in the Newton, Connecticut, shooting was allowed by the NFL in 2012 and was worn by the New York Jets, the New York Giants and the New England Patriots.

NFL players say they are protesting police brutality and racism due what is described as an “epidemic” of police shootings of unarmed black men, but that narrative is a far-left construct not supported by facts.

“This narrative is false,” wrote Philippe Lemoine in a piece run last week by National Review. “In reality, a randomly selected black man is overwhelmingly unlikely to be victim of police violence.”

The narrative plays a much bigger role in the cultural war underway in America today.

A war initiated by the left, which sees the gridiron as an appropriate field of battle, as seen last month when the liberal 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that a Washington state high school football coach was in the wrong when he took a knee at the 50-yard line for a post-game prayer.

Tom Tillison

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