A Sheriff’s Department in Louisiana is launching an agency-wide boycott of the Ford Motor Company over their decision to openly support NFL players who choose to “take a knee” during the playing of the national anthem.
According to Fox News, Bossier Parish Sheriff Julian Whittington penned a patriotic Facebook post on Wednesday, announcing his decision to longer purchase vehicles from the American automaker after they came out in support of the protesting players.
“The recent events surrounding the NFL, its players and their audacity to thumb their collective noses at the American flag, the American military as well as the obvious disdain for the profession of law enforcement in general forces me to take a stand,” he wrote.
“The Bossier Sheriff’s Office will no longer purchase Ford products as long as Ford sides with these who have no regard for the men and women who protect and serve this great nation,” he added. “Yes, the NFL players have a right to protest as they deem necessary, but we, the Bossier Sheriff’s Office and the taxpayers of Bossier Parish have a right to spend our money elsewhere.”
Ford is one of the largest companies in America to come out in support of NFL player protests, releasing a statement that said “we respect individuals’ rights to express their views, even if they are not ones we share. That’s part of what makes America great.”