NFL Turns Down Super Bowl Ad Telling People To Stand For National Anthem
The NFL reportedly turned down a full-page Super Bowl program print ad from the military group American Veterans (AMVETS) that told people to stand for the National Anthem.
The ad included the hashtag “#PleaseStand,” and a donation request for AMVETS, notes ABC News.
Many NFL players have been peacefully kneeling during the National Anthem to protest police brutality against black people.
A popular false narrative pushed by conservatives is that the players are somehow protesting U.S. military veterans, which is not true.
AMVETS National Commander Marion Polk sent a letter to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell:
We respect the rights of those who choose to protest [but] imposing corporate censorship to deny those same rights to those veterans who have secured it for all is reprehensible.
NFL Vice President of Communications Brian McCarthy responded with a statement:
The Super Bowl program is designed for fans to commemorate and celebrate the game, players, teams, and the Super Bowl. It has never been a place for advertising that could be considered by some as a political statement.
McCarthy said the NFL will continue to honor the military during the Super Bowl with “on-field moments that will be televised as part of the game.”
But Polk wrote that “veterans are good for more than just military aircraft flyovers, photo opportunities during halftime, or props to sell camouflage-style NFL apparel.”
(Source: ABC News, Photo Credit: American Veterans)