Tens of thousands of furious football fans have signed a petition urging the National Football League to “reconsider” its despicable decision to bar a veterans group from placing an ad during the upcoming Super Bowl, saying the decision showed the NFL’s “blatant hypocrisy” against the armed forces.
The American Family Association has gathered more than 78,000 signatures calling on the embattled league to allow pro-veterans organization AMVETS to place an advertisement that asks all those in attendance to “Please Stand” during the performance of the national anthem.
“Take note of the irony that AMVETS points out,” said the president of the American Family Association. “The NFL continues to claim that the anti-American protests by millionaire players on the field represent ‘free speech,’ yet the league is denying free speech to AMVETS.”
“I am appalled to learn the NFL has decided to reject a patriotic ad by AMVETS. Rejecting an ad that simply encourages Americans to stand for the national anthem and our flag is an insult to every veteran who has served in our nation’s military,” says the organization’s petition. “In the strongest possible terms, I urge you to stop the blatant hypocrisy and accept the patriotic ad by AMVETS as originally submitted.”
The NFL struggled throughout the 2017 season to appease both furious fans and protesting players as athletes continued to kneel during the ‘Star-Spangled Banner.’ The resulting chaos caused television ratings and sales to plummet throughout the country.
Industry experts say the player protests have caused the NFL at least $500 million in 2017 alone.