(National Sentinel) NFHELL: The NFL says it won’t change current policy regarding standing for the National Anthem as scores of Americans play to boycott games on Sunday in honor of Veterans Day.
“Until millionaire football players stop protesting the National Anthem of the United States, we’ll be here,” reads the text on the Boycott The NFL Facebook page, with more than 225,000 followers. “We love football, but we love our flag more.”
At the same time the watchdog organization 2ndVote is asking fans to “stiff-arm the NFL.”
“We’re sending the National Football League, its corporate sponsors, and the television networks a message this Veterans Day weekend!” 2ndVote said on its website.
“Americans are sick of the disrespectful National Anthem protests that the NFL has not only allowed to continue, but has institutionalized in pregame ceremonies,” it continued.
2ndVote also launched the hashtag #STANDwithVets.
“Remember, several of the companies that do business with the NFL like DirecTV and Anheuser-Busch have signaled just how bad of a PR disaster the protests have been,” 2ndVote added. “Join us this weekend and we’ll hit the NFL and all of its sponsors where it counts!”
Though some players have announced they will stand for the anthem this weekend in honor of veterans, the league in general is leaving the decision to individual players.
The NFL and NFL Players Association on Saturday issued a joint statement which said that “there has been no change in the current policy regarding the anthem.”
The current policy says players “should” stand for “The Star-Spangled Banner” but doesn’t require them to do so.
Since last year players have taken a knee or sat during the anthem to protest alleged social injustice and police brutality towards blacks. Roughly 75 percent of the NFL is comprised of black players.
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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith said they plan to discuss “important social issues” when next week’s league meeting takes place.
Ratings for the NFL have tanked this season as player protests continue, with viewership down double digits in many markets.
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