From The Army Times
AMVETS officials are decrying “corporate censorship” from the National Football League for their decision not to run an ad in their Super Bowl program which responds to league players’ decision to kneel for the national anthem in protest of national equality issues.
The ad, which would have cost the veterans organization $30,000, features the tag “#PleaseStand” with a picture of service members saluting the American flag and information on how to donate to the congressionally-chartered organization.
Group leaders said NFL officials refused to include the ad in their Super Bowl publication, but did not issue a reason why. In a statement, AMVETS National Commander Marion Polk said the issue is one of fairness and respect
— Jan Brown (@AMVETSNatlCmdr) January 22, 2018
“Freedom of speech works both ways,” he said. “We respect the rights of those who choose to protest, as these rights are precisely what our members have fought — and in many cases died — for.
“But imposing corporate censorship to deny that same right to those veterans who have secured it for us all is reprehensible and totally beyond the pale.”
In a statement, NFL Vice President of Communications Brian McCarthy said the Super Bowl game program “is designed for fans to commemorate and celebrate the game, players, teams and the Super Bowl. It’s never been a place for advertising that could be considered by some as a political statement.”
The overpaid thugletes who disrespect the flag, the country, and the military by kneeling during the anthem already made a political statement, you assclown.
Paying tribute to the victims of 9/11 is too ‘political’ for the NFL hierarchy to handle.
Asking players to show some respect and class when the anthem is played, is too ‘political’.
Players wearing socks that portray cops as pigs, is okay:
Kneeling in disrespect of the anthem, flag, and country, is okay.
The NFL’s priorities are pretty fucked. That’s why fans are staying away in droves and not watching games on TV.