When a disabled veteran is offended by you, you know you have crossed the line. These childish protests by the NFL players have got to stop. Either the owners need to grow a pair and stop this, or the fans need to revolt enough to cut off the money.
I recently saw some NFL clothing on a clearance rack for like 75% off, and nobody was looking at it. Not something you usually see mid-season.
Part of the tradition of sports is the singing of the national anthem and often honoring heroes, be it first responders or military. There is something about a stadium full of people expressing their pride in our country that gets me all choked up. But now that solemn moment has been turned into a political event. It’s sad and totally disrespectful!
The NFL is in shell shock from the fallout this season of declining revenue and attendance at games. Now, someone who has more right than most of us is calling them out. A disabled veteran who has served this country for over 20 years has declined an award the New Orleans Saints had planned to give him. And their response will infuriate you.
H/T Fox News
“A disabled Navy veteran said he declined to accept an award at a New Orleans Saints game due to the controversy over players protesting during the national anthem.
The Saints organization was going to honor retired Cmdr. John Wells, the executive director of Military Veterans Advocacy, with the Peoples Health Champion Award during last week’s game in New Orleans, according to The Advocate.
On Wednesday he told the organization he was unable to accept the award at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome because of the national anthem protests. Saints players have been seen kneeling before the anthem and some continue to do so during the national anthem.
“Although I am touched and honored to be selected for such an award, the ongoing controversy with NFL players’ disrespect for the national flag forces me to decline to participate in the presentation,” Wells said. “I am unable, in good conscience, to enter an NFL stadium while this discourtesy prevails. Since this award is tainted with the dishonorable actions of the NFL and its players, I cannot accept it.”
Wells served in the Navy from 1972 to 1994 and afterward became an attorney concentrating in military and veterans law, according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune. He was set to receive the award given by Medicare to senior citizens who have made significant accomplishments.
The Saints said in a statement Thursday that they were disappointed by Wells’ decision.
“We will not allow Mr. Wells’ decision and subsequent media appearances to distract our players and organization from continuing to honor and support our military and veterans,” the statement read. “We, as an organization, have decided to move on from this sad and divisive discourse and focus our attention on supporting our military and veterans.”
Each NFL team has protested in some form during the national anthem since President Trump’s comments about Colin Kaepernick prior to Week 3 of the season. Trump has encouraged owners to punish players who kneel during the anthem.
So the Saints are accusing Commander Wells of “sad and divisive discourse,” are you kidding me?!
You allow these millionaire cry baby football players, who, by the way, are where they are because of heroes like Commander Wells, offend a nation and then accuse the offended of being divisive? Just makes my blood boil. So the kneelers aren’t the sad and divisive ones? For real? Idiots. I can’t believe one mediocre football player sparked this whole thing. What a bunch of sheep.
How do owners allow players to disrespect our flag, our country and our citizens and then turn around and act like they honor the veterans who made this country what it is? It’s like these kneelers honestly can’t see the lunacy of their behavior. I keep thinking maybe they will wake up and find a new way to protest their original gripe, police brutality. Which, by the way, seems to have been completely lost in this whole thing. This whole thing never made much sense. It’s like me protesting taxes at a cancer fundraiser. The connection just isn’t there.
Thank you, Cmdr. Wells, for your service. I am so sorry you have been disrespected in this way. Thank you for being courageous enough to stand up to this nonsense instead of taking the easy way out. I am sorry you are being attacked for your convictions, but know that true Americans STAND with you!