Where some NFL players tricked into not coming out to stand for the national anthem last Sunday?
Singer Jesse James Decker, who is married to Tennessee Titans player Eric Decker, defended her husband when asked why her husband stayed in the locker room during the national anthem.
“Sadly he wasn’t made aware that a decision had [been] made for him until he came out and it was over,” she replied.
“If he had known he would have been out there hand over heart,” she stated. “Unfortunately, he wasn’t made aware it was time to head to the field as they always do every game.”
The backlash against the NFL is growing.
“If you will research why Francis Scott Key wrote the Star Spangled Banner you will realize why I am upset about these NFL players protesting. They don’t even know what it is they are protesting,” Allan Jones, the CEO of companies pulling their advertising and sponsorship from the NFL said. “The flag was still standing. 200 English ships tried to take it down. They kept it up all night and it could only be seen when the bombs were bursting in the air. So many patriots gave their lives to keep the flag up — and now to have people protesting who don’t have a clue about any of this bothers me.”
Jones, owner of the payday lending chain Check Into Cash and Hardwick Clothes (billed as America’s oldest suit-maker) told his media buyer Tombras Group no more commercials for the NFL games “for the entire season.”
Last Sunday, as has been widely reported, about 200 NFL players elected not to stand during the National Anthem prior to game play. The Tennessee Titans and the Seattle Seahawks both chose to remain in their locker rooms during the playing of the National Anthem at Nissan Stadium.
Pittsburg Steelers player and Army vet, Alejandro Villanueva elected to leave the locker room and came out of the tunnel to show his respect to the flag during the National Anthem. Other Steeler players and coaches decided to stay in the locker room. Within hours, Villanueva’s jersey became the best-seller for the NFL.
Even though the NFL game operations manual has a rule regarding player behavior during the playing of the National Anthem which requires them to stand at attention facing the flag on the sidelines and refraining from talking, the NFL commissioner and some owners are accepting the players’ behavior while in uniform and at their place of work.
“When I see Colin Kaepernick lecturing the ‘oppressed’ wearing a Fidel Castro T-shirt you realize the hypocrisy to this stupidity,” Jones stated, according to several news reports. “I love America. They have the right to protest and I have the right to turn off the channel and place our ads elsewhere.”
“Please research Key’s motivation for writing his famous song and you will see why I’m upset that the protesters don’t have a clue,” Jones said.
DirecTV announced they are now refunding the full cost (about $280 per season) for any customer wanting to cancel their NFL bundle package because the stance of the league. ESPN indicated this goes against their policy of cancelling sports packages after a season starts.
“At some stadiums, fans booed the players. Others took to Twitter to say they were canceling their Sunday Ticket subscriptions,” ESPN reported.
“NBC Sports, CBS Sports, Fox Sports and ESPN pay billions each year to televise live NFL games,” commented Sporting News. “The league saw this weekend’s unprecedented anthem coverage as a golden opportunity to demonstrate unity among players, coaches and owners — and opposition to Trump’s comments.”
Sporting News reported the decision for networks not showing crowd boos and reactions was “a weak move from a journalistic standpoint. By covering one of the most significant days in NFL history with rose-colored glasses, the networks cheated viewers. We got an incomplete picture of what really happened in stadiums on Sunday and Monday…fans hold the ultimate power over the networks and the league, and they were missing in action during coverage.”
In Boston, reports indicate New England Patriots players will stand during the national anthem before next Sunday’s game against the Carolina Panthers at Gillette Stadium.
Since 1978, the Dallas Cowboys have been known as “America’s Team.” President Donald Trump said Wednesday Cowboys coach Jerry Jones has assured him that his team will stand for the National Anthem before its NFL games.
“Spoke to Jerry Jones of the Dallas Cowboys yesterday,” the president tweeted. “Jerry is a winner who knows how to get things done. Players will stand for Country!”
Other reports indicate a growing backlash against the NFL:
New Orleans Saints Players Kenny Vaccaro and Alex Okafor had their invitations to be grand marshals in the 2018 Mardi Gras parade yanked from them by the Krewe of Posedion, according to WGNO.
Denver Broncos star Von Miller lost his Phil Long Ford endorsement deal Monday because of the boycott on the National Anthem.
“The Denver Broncos’ famously loyal fan base showed signs of splintering along political lines Monday as fans stampeded social media and the Broncos’ phone lines to register disgust…,” reported the Denver Post.
Geauga County Sheriff Scott Hildenbrand in Ohio is prohibiting his deputies from working any off-duty details at NFL games, according to a Facebook post. During the Cleveland Browns vs. Indianapolis Colts game on Sunday, said many players knelt while police officers and others in the stadium stood during the National Anthem. He noted that his uncle was a Vietnam veteran and that he felt “almost the entire league disrespected every veteran that ever fought or died for this country. If they do not have respect for us and our Country only bad things will come of that. We will not be a part of these activities.”