NFL’s Penalty on Patriotism

By: American Decency Staff


“Please Stand.”  That was the polite and simple message of an ad developed by the veteran’s group, American Veterans (AMVETS), for the upcoming Super Bowl program.  A gentle request to honor our nation’s flag and the veterans who served under that banner. 

The NFL had invited AMVETS to purchase a print ad in the Super Bowl commemorative program.  The ad, pictured far left, would have cost the veterans group $30,000.  As the Stars and Stripes newspaper reported, the group had planned to use the ad as a fundraiser for its “Americanism” initiative, in which its members travel to schools nationwide to teach flag etiquette. The program also involves a poster and essay contest for K-12 students.

However, when the ad was submitted to the NFL, it was rejected because the NFL deemed those two little words – “please stand” – as too “political.”

NFL Vice President of Communications Brian McCarthy told the Army Times that the Super Bowl programs have “never been a place for advertising that could be considered by some as a political statement.”

How ironic when last year’s Super Bowl had several blatantly liberal political commercials supporting illegal immigration and LGBT ideology!

And since when has standing for the American flag been a “political” statement?  It has always been a sign of patriotism – not politics.  Rather, it’s NFL players who politicized the customary observance when they began to kneel as a sign of protest against our law enforcement and American ideals.

As Gary Bauer stated: “The same NFL leadership that in the name of free speech defends the rights of its players to get political on the sidelines is denying free speech to a group of veterans (even though they were willing to pay $30,000 for that speech).”

Considering the bad publicity, plummeting ratings, and poor attendance of NFL games since Colin Kaepernick and other NFL players began kneeling during the National Anthem, one would think the NFL would want to avoid another public relations nightmare.

Joe Chenelly, the national director of AMVETS, told the Stars and Stripes that the group was “surprised and disappointed” when the NFL rejected the ad.  “The NFL said it does not want to take a position on that,” Chenelly said. “Really, by not letting us run an ad, we think they are taking a position.”

Chenelly also stated that the same advertisement that the NFL rejected was accepted by the National Hockey League and National Basketball Association for programs for their upcoming all-star games.

AMVETS National Commander, Marion Polk, wrote to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell:  “Freedom of speech works both ways. 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.”

Click here to send a message to NFL Commissioner Goodell or call him at 212-450-2000 and let him know you are appalled by his blatant disregard of our veterans and their freedom of speech.


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