Backlash against NFL players-coaches national anthem boycott grows

NFL fans are divided on respect for American flag and National Anthem. (NL)

Where some NFL players tricked into not coming out to stand for the national anthem last Sunday?

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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.”

National Anthem ceremony prior to college football bowl game (Photo by Jack Dennis)

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 veteran, Alejandro Villanueva, has the #1 NFL jersey in sales. (Facebook)

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.

“If one uses player jersey sales as a proxy, fans appear to favor an on-field standing presence during the Anthem,” said Shawn Quigg of JP Morgan Chase & Co.

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.

Lined up (Jack Dennis)

“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:

Colin Kaepernick, who began the protest last year was not picked up by a team this season. (Instagram)

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.”

 

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2 Comments on "Backlash against NFL players-coaches national anthem boycott grows"

  1. As a prior LCDR in the USNR (Fleet Hospital Dallas) the privilege of wearing the uniform and attending to the etiquette and traditions of our flag and national anthem were observed throughout many years of service. It was also a distinct privilege to learn the comforting traditions performed at military funerals.

    My uniform was secured by an oath. The costume worn by NFL players was secured by a monetary contract. My uniform, cannot be sold nor can it be used for profiteering. The costume worn by an NFL player can be worn by any individual, or adorn the family dog for Halloween.

    There are many instances where standing and giving deference are required. The bride receives this courtesy. When a judge enters the chambers a call is given, “All rise”.

    The contempt shown by NFL players is deserving of our own contempt. They are lacking in basic manners.

    Tammy Swofford

  2. gregory nenson | October 11, 2017 at 2:12 am | Reply

    If the NFL players want to turn their backs on the country that protects their right to freedom of speech then so be it, but there were, and are, bound to be repercussions. Its hard for the average American to wrap his or her head around what a wealthy athlete is protesting about. Most of the these players came out of colleges that gave most them the most preferential treatment imaginable and card blanch for grades while they attended and played football for their respective schools. After all Football equals Big Money! So if these athletes think they can turn they’re backs our country and the fans, that provide them with their lavish life styles by showing their self righteous indignation while our national anthem is playing these thesbians are blatantly disrespecting the brave men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice, so that an elite group of ungrateful ball players can protest while our national anthem is playing and the pledge of allegiance is being recited at an NFL football game. It was over two hundred years ago that our fore fathers protested an unjust tea tax by throwing a ships cargo full of East Indian Tea into the Boston Harbor. Well we wont have to stop drinking tea, but we can surely do without watching the NFL and its self righteous players for a few weeks and see how long it takes for them to recant their protest and get back to the business of playing football. GDN Florida, USA

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