The NFL has not always been such a national disgrace. The league had for many years honored our vets and the sacrifices they made.
It is only recently the NFL went to pot and it sure is a shame. Sponsors are fleeing. Stadiums are half empty. Ratings are down.
It is quite the mess they got themselves in and for what? To let the inmates run the asylum?
To coddle a few spoiled millionaire athletes who think the rules don’t apply to them?
If my boss said I have to stand for the anthem every morning I have three choices – quit, do it, or get fired.
The New Orleans Saints tried to do the right thing, tried to start repairing the damage they have done, and planned a big award for a Navy officer.
According to IJR, Cmdr. John Wells was to be given the Peoples Health Champion Award by the Saints.
Most people would be delighted – the VIP treatment is nice – but not this former Naval officer.
He sent them a letter and it is literally setting the internet on fire such is its powerful message.
“I am unable, in good conscience, to enter an NFL stadium while this discourtesy prevails,” Wells wrote according to WDSU-TV. “I had hoped and prayed that the NFL would outlaw these disgraceful protests and wanted to give the commissioner and the owners a fair opportunity to do so. Their failure to act is a slap in the face to all of those who have served in uniform. Men and women have fought and died for the flag that the players are disrespecting.”
Wow. good for you.
The Saints released a statement in response that said:
“Our players have chosen to stand for our national anthem out of respect for the flag, our servicemen and women and veterans in every game since our inception in 1967 with the exception of one game — the Week Three game at Carolina when a few of our players did sit. We could not be more proud of the work our players do in the community and with our military, arguably a model program in the league.”
Maybe. At this point it is not a team by team deal – it is a simple question – will the NFL and their wealthy players respect the flag that gave them so much. Until that day, I am with Commander Wells. Share if you agree.