The Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion have issued a response to the NFL’s tolerance of protests during the national anthem. Over 200 NFL players decided to disrespect the flag, our military, and our country by kneeling during the national anthem this weekend.
A VFW in Strongsville, Ohio, has had enough. The commander of VFW Post 3345, Tim Zvoncheck, made the following statement: “After what happened with the NFL players Sunday we decided to cancel our NFL red zone, and we will not be showing the games at our post. It’s over for us.” The protests came in response to President Trump’s Alabama speech Friday where he said NFL protesters should be fired.
In response to President Trump, a massive number of NFL players knelt during the anthem, or just didn’t bother to come out at all. The end result is a lot of veterans are not happy with the disrespectful behavior.
This isn’t the first time this VFW announced their disgust with the NFL for bad behavior. Back in August, when the Cleveland Browns knelt during the anthem, the post put up a sign that read, “We like our Browns – we love our flag more. Your games will no longer be shown here. God Bless America!”
VFW posts around the country are fed up with the unpatriotic behavior coming out of the NFL and even some of the fans. They are taking a stand and showing that they will not be ignored.
That Vietnam War veteran Kieth Harman said, “There is a time and place for civil debate, and wearing team jerseys and using sporting events to disrespect our country doesn’t wash with millions of military veterans who have and continue to wear real uniforms on real battlefields around the globe.”
What these players did is being viewed as an attack by veterans everywhere. There is a good reason for this sentiment too.
Standing during the national anthem is supposed to be a time when we all join together. People are supposed to forget their differences and stand together as Americans.
Instead, professional athletes are kneeling and protesting emblems of our freedom, which is only furthering the divide. And while the overwhelming majority of the American people view these acts as disrespectful and meanspirited, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has made it clear he doesn’t see it that way.
In response to President Trump’s statement Friday, Goodell said: “Divisive comments like these demonstrate an unfortunate lack of respect for the NFL, our great game and all of our players, and a failure to understand the overwhelming force for good our clubs and players represent in our communities.”
As time goes on the wedge is only growing. Instead of standing up as Americans, one and all, these million dollar athletes would rather kneel before the start of the game. The irony here is the fact that these people are millionaires.
If they really wanted to make a stand against racism and hatred, they would use their millions of dollars to ensure that important causes are financed and people are being supported in their efforts to better themselves and their communities. Instead, they are embracing a meaningless action that makes them “feel good.”
In fact, the only sentiment they are emitting is that they have no respect for our country or the hundreds of thousands of people who have given their lives and liberty to gain our freedom.