After steadily declining ratings that, in part, can be attributed to the National Football League’s mishandling of players disrespectfully sitting or kneeling for the National Anthem, the NFL is now rejecting a proposed Super Bowl ad from a veterans group that encourages people to stand for the Star Spangled Banner.
“The National Football League rejected an advertisement for its official Super Bowl LII programs that urged players and people who attend the game to stand during the national anthem, according to American Veterans, the organization that submitted the ad.
Omitted from the programs was a full-page ad picturing the American flag, saluting soldiers and the words “Please Stand,” referring to the movement of NFL players protesting racial inequality and injustice by kneeling during the performance of the national anthem before the start of games.
Outcry over the protests surged last fall when President Donald Trump criticized the NFL for allowing it to continue. In October, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and NFL owners decided the league wouldn’t penalize players for kneeling.
Joe Chenelly, the national director of American Veterans, known as AMVETS, said Monday that the group was “surprised and disappointed” when the NFL told him Friday the league had rejected the ad.”
The NFL is claiming they do not want to take a position on the issue, but Chenelly points out that by refusing the ad the league is essentially doing just that.
This isn’t bound to win back any fans that have shunned the NFL over the issue. What do you think?