NFL Sponsors Mostly Silent on Players’ Disrespect of Flag, Anthem

(Joshua Paladino, Liberty Headlines) Vice President Mike Pence objected to the disrespect that NFL players at the San Francisco 49ers-Indianapolis Colts game showed to the flag and national anthem by leaving early on Sunday. While Pence’s actions show symbolic support for the nation, they don’t monetarily penalize the NFL, which is likely the only way to get the league to change.

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The corporate sponsors, who directly supported the league and players with $1.25 billion last year, have either supported their protests or remained silent. On Tuesday NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, who may be feeling the heat from team owners and corporate sponsors, issued a letter that said “everyone should stand for the National Anthem.”

Nike, which gives hundreds of millions of dollars to the NFL each year, supports players’ protests.

“Nike supports athletes and their right to freedom of expression on issues that are of great importance to our society,” the company said according to CNN.

Anheuser-Busch has taken a middle-ground position.

“At Anheuser-Busch we have a long heritage of supporting the institutions and values that have made America so strong,” the company said, according to the New York Times. “That includes our armed forces and the national anthem as well as diversity, equality and freedom of speech. We proudly employ over 1,100 military veterans and we work every day to create an inclusive environment for all of our employees. Because only together can we achieve our dream of bringing people together for a better world.”

Under Armour took a similar position in a tweet.

Most of the statements made by sponsors of the NFL support what the majority of Americans already believe: NFL players have the right to protest. These companies have not, however, made value judgements about whether their protests are in the proper time and place.

NFL ratings for week three were the lowest since 2006, according to The Hill, and Breitbart reported that week five ratings continued to drag.

President Donald Trump tweeted about the ratings, claiming they’re due to the NFL’s disrespect.

Trump said NFL games are “boring,” but he cited Americans’ frustration with protests as the main reason for declining ratings.

A J.D. Power poll of 9,200 people found that 26 percent of respondents said they stopped watching NFL games because of the protests.

Declines in viewership could cause some sponsors, such as Anheuser-Busch, Nike, and Under Armour, to take a stronger stance against the league and players in order to draw in disenfranchised viewers.

Those who support the kneelers have called for boycotts, as well.

General Manager of the Dallas Cowboys Jerry Jones said he would direct Head Coach Jason Garrett to bench players who kneeled for the anthem.

In response, ESPN pundit Jemele Hill, who called Trump a white supremacist in September, asked fans who support protesters to boycott the Cowboy’s advertisers.

ESPN suspended Hill on October 9, according to The Detroit News.

It’s clear that advertisers want to remain neutral on the issue, but by doing so they have received negative attention from those who support the protests and those who do not.

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  • Billy Bong

    I’m so sick of people say “disrespect.” Kneeling during the anthem is an insult. Supporting millionaires, who have no reason to complain, is an insult. Think about the men and women in Afghanistan that come in from a fire fight, turn on the tv, and see players kneeling during the playing if the anthem. That is an insult.

    • Richard Thompson

      It’s a spit in the face.

      • kbfallon

        I was thinking more like a “Kick in the Crotch”.

        • Proud_Conservative_American

          It’s Time to Kick Back…with our Buying Power!!
          And Not Just with Beer…but with All Companies who Do Not Proclaim Total Support for the National Anthem, the Pledge of Allegiance , the American Flag, and our Military…No Exceptions!!

      • Col C

        It’s meant to be a kick in the face, although I do believe some of these athletes are duped by people like Kaeperknick, many probably are Muslim. Islam does not coexist, it takes over and forms a Caliphate, and then they institute Sharia Law, which is totally imcompatible with the Constitution. I reiterate this is not about protest, it’s much more insidious than that.

        • Smart Southerner

          Kapperdick’s girlfriend is Muslim.

    • kbfallon

      Be nice to these “millionaire” ballplayers……in a couple of years after they are out of the league…you will be required to pay for their kids child support.

    • NO –part of what they are fighting for — is for the “Freedom” to be able to do that;
      which you seem to be able to be OK to deny!

      • Michael G. Wilson

        We aren’t denying them anything! The point is that they have that right just as well as many other rights! We have the right to just turn away, and by their doing as they are, which to the majority of American citizens is a great disrespect of all of us! This country gives each and every citizen the greatest opportunities in the WORLD, regardless of race religions and genders! The point is that not all of it’s citizens CHOICE to work hard and become the best that they can be! Except for 1%ers, all of the rest of us have had to work for our goals, NOTHING is just handed out except for those that chose to live in poverty, on the nations dime, because it is easier to live that way then to struggle to get ahead! That is the ugly truth of the matter!

      • Jim Owen

        I have never said they should be denied that right, but I should also have the right to disagree with it, with heart and wallet…And that is what I’m doing.

      • Mac mcintire

        Not while I watch. Or as I have stopped watching. When I see these crybabies actually do something visit Chicago stay their work with the poor then they can be heard. But all businesses have rules can’t turn back on CEO can’t sing load at work. On their own time

      • Col C

        It’s a National League, what part of national do you not get, let them start their own league, if they don’t like America. You are sadly mistaken if you think this is about freedom, though. Kaepernick started this and he is Muslim, and so is his cop hating, BLM girlfriend, this isn’t about freedom, it’s about stealth Jihad.

        • jaybird

          It is funny that he is a Muslim now and before he was a Christian. He has Bible verses tattooed all over his body. I think he has angels on his back. Kinda hard to remove all of that.

      • Xntryk

        Players are free to protest. I am free to be offened by that protest, and am certainly free to stop watching, or supporting the nfl along with their advertisers.

      • ADRIAN WRIGHT

        No!! These Bozos are there to play a little boy’s game to entertain the ticketholders.
        They have my blessing to protest at City Hall, The County Court Building, The State Capital or Washington D.C., but not on my dollar and on my time!! They just want an audience that is captured, they are cowards to go out in public!! Most never served a second in defense of this Country. The NFL and their sponsors will die on the vine if they keep supporting these insulting cowards.

    • Leroy Mosley

      They have that right to protest . Hitler Trump is using this as a smoke screen but you don’t see it. For you are blinded by his lies . Here’s the Commander In Chief Of the Armed Forces Of The United States Of America an he doesn’t even know Military Code of Honor. Kneeling shows the utmost respect for our Flag , Nation , and Military. Seems Hitler Trump needs to ask his Generals which i doubt he has . I say everybody that feels like they are forcing NFL players to do something against their wills they need to boycott the NFL.

      • Michael G. Wilson

        Those taking a knee aren’t doing it in an effort to honor the flag or our country! Take about smokescreens, your attempt to paint them all as patriotic, is an insult to all of us veterans! Your throwing out the MCH and or the MCJ, is a bigger disgrace then those taking a knee! Not one of them would ever have the courage to enlist and wear the uniforms of this nations military, cowards each and every one of them! Not a single Pat Tillman in the whole rotten bunch of spoiled brats! Just by your post, those of us true veterans, know that you sir are not a veteran and just a sorry excuse for a HALO WARRIOR!

        • Jackalyn Morrison

          Thanks for your service and thanks for your comment!!

        • Andrew Molina

          I invite them to the many armor brigades which I have been associated with – they would shoot themselves in the foot and crap their drawers

        • Papa Bear

          Michael Again I also Thank you for your service and sacrifice from one veteran to another

          Non est liberum libertate et ex parte pretium rogationis
          Libertas inaestimabilis res est
          Celer Silens Mortalis
          Semper-Fidelis

      • Jackalyn Morrison

        What do you mean it is a disrespect to our flag,our country and to our military and I am sick to death in hearing it is freedom of speech when it is not!! I will not watch any NFL football at all because they want stand for my country my flag or the veterans that faught for our country and our flag

        • Leroy Mosley

          Sorry to see you go you must not enjoyed it anyway.

          • Jack Thomas

            I am a Vietnam vet and it is disgraceful to disrespect our flag in any way. I hope Leroy you have your nuts cut off and make you the sissy you are acting.. What service did you serve in??

          • Papa Bear

            Jack Thank you for your service and sacrifice from one veteran to another Vietnam 1964 through 1968 TET Hue

            Non est liberum libertate et ex parte pretium rogationis
            Libertas inaestimabilis res est
            Celer Silens Mortalis
            Semper-Fidelis

          • Papa Bear

            Leroy I would absolutely LOVE for you to visit a Veterans Administration Hospital to see how long you would last regurgitating that bile you like to refer to as patriotism. The experience would certainly be ephemeral but entertaining none the less!!!

      • You have no idea what Hitler was—in no way Trump

        • Papa Bear

          I have “PERSONAL” experience regarding Adolf Hitler even saw him Yes I was young BUT one never forgets the atrocities committed just on his
          say so.

          • OPEN LETTER TO NFL PLAYERS

            You graduated high school in 2011. Your teenage years were a struggle. You grew up on the wrong side of the tracks. Your mother was the leader of the family and worked tirelessly to keep a roof over your head and food on your plate. Academics were a struggle for you and your grades were mediocre at best. The only thing that made you stand out is you weighed 225 lbs and could run 40 yards in 4..2 seconds while carrying a football.

            Your best friend was just like you, except he didn’t play football. Instead of going to football practice after school, he went to work at McDonalds for minimum wage. You were recruited by all the big colleges and spent every weekend of your senior year making visits to universities where coaches and boosters tried to convince you their school was best. They laid out the red carpet for you. Your best friend worked double shifts at Mickey D’s. College was not an option for him. On the day you signed with Big State University, your best friend signed paperwork with his Army recruiter. You went to summer workouts. He went to basic training.

            You spent the next four years living in the athletic dorm, eating at the training table. You spent your Saturdays on the football field, cheered on by adoring fans. Tutors attended to your every academic need. You attended class when you felt like it. Sure, you worked hard. You lifted weights, ran sprints, studied plays, and soon became one of the top football players in the country.

            Your best friend was assigned to the 101st Airborne Division. While you were in college, he deployed to Iraq once and Afghanistan twice. He became a Sergeant and led a squad of 19 year old soldiers who grew up just like he did. He shed his blood in Afghanistan and watched young American’s give their lives, limbs, and innocence for the USA.

            You went to the NFL combine and scored off the charts. You hired an agent and waited for draft day. You were drafted in the first round and your agent immediately went to work, ensuring that you received the most money possible. You signed for $16 million although you had never played a single down of professional football.

            Your best friend re-enlisted in the Army for four more years. As a combat tested sergeant, he will be paid $32,000 per year.

            You will drive a Ferrari on the streets of South Beach. He will ride in the back of a Blackhawk helicopter with 10 other combat loaded soldiers. You will sleep at the Ritz. He will dig a hole in the ground and try to sleep. You will “make it rain” in the club. He will pray for rain as the temperature reaches 120 degrees.

            On Sunday, you will run into a stadium as tens of thousands of fans cheer and yell your name. For your best friend, there is little difference between Sunday and any other day of the week. There are no adoring fans. There are only people trying to kill him and his soldiers.

            Every now and then, he and his soldiers leave the front lines and “go to the rear” to rest. He might be lucky enough to catch an NFL game on TV. When the National Anthem plays and you take a knee, he will jump to his feet and salute the television. While you protest the unfairness of life in the United States, he will give thanks to God that he has the honor of defending his great country.

            To the players of the NFL: We are the people who buy your tickets, watch you on TV, and wear your jerseys. We anxiously wait for Sundays so we can cheer for you and marvel at your athleticism. Although we love to watch you play, we care little about your opinions until you offend us. You have the absolute right to express yourselves, but we have the absolute right to boycott you.

            We have tolerated your drug use and DUIs, your domestic violence, and your vulgar displays of wealth. We should be ashamed for putting our admiration of your physical skills before what is morally right. But now you have gone too far. You have insulted our flag, our country, our soldiers, our police officers, and our veterans. You are living the American dream, yet you disparage our great country. I am done with NFL football and encourage all likeminded Americans to boycott the NFL as well.

            This email is so right on…hope you pass it on

      • big KAhuna

        You lost any resemblance of patriotism with your ignorant comments.
        Even though the 1st Amendment is clear, sadly there are still some people like yourself who side with these NFL players ( far from being the majority). All it takes is logging onto social media to see certain Americans “standing with the NFL players” claiming they have a “constitutional right” to kneel.
        But what they fail to realize is that the Constitution doesn’t guarantee freedom of speech or protection for private employers at private events.
        Can you imagine going to your job tomorrow and saying whatever you want or ignoring the dress code and claiming you have “freedom of speech” to do so?
        You’d be fired in a heartbeat, or simply laughed at.
        The NFL is a private organization, and there are rules.
        “The National Anthem must be played prior to every NFL game, and all players must be on the sideline for the National Anthem.
        During the National Anthem, players on the field and bench area should stand at attention, face the flag, hold helmets in their left hand, and refrain from talking.
        The home team should ensure that the American flag is in good condition.
        It should be pointed out to players and coaches that we continue to be judged by the public in this area of respect for the flag and our country.
        Failure to be on the field by the start of the National Anthem may result in discipline, such as fines, suspensions, and/or the forfeiture of draft choice(s) for violations of the above, including first offenses.”
        But protest supporters neglect to recognize these firmly established rules and let their emotions misinterpret the Constitution.
        In fact, while Trump’s demand to fire players who kneel in disrespect during the National Anthem was divisive and poorly delivered, it actually holds more validity than any argument supporting the players’ right to kneel.
        NFL players can do whatever they want, but there are consequences, and their job is not protected. The NFL’s own manual lays out what is required from NFL players. The fans are turning their backs on the NFL and we are demanding retribution or it’s over for the NFL. No more dictating anti American sentiments. It’s our support that gives players their opportunity to play on TV and anti American sentiment will not be tolerated— the tail will never wag the dog!

      • AZtejas

        President Trump recognizes a problem that has been allowed to negatively impact a National pastime. It has a negative influence on the economy and on the general attitude of the people that elected him and those that didn’t. He could have called them something else, but we needed to address the issue.. We do not need or want to watch these kids disrespect this Nation, when most of them don’t even know what their are protesting. If they want to create a movement to protest something, put together an organization, fund it and support it (outside of the work place).. You do realize that is job they are doing. That is not the place to protest, unless you are on a Union picket line outside the Stadium.

        • Leroy Mosley

          Politics and sports never go together but Hitler Trump is getting his payback for not getting to own his own team in the NFL. This is where this comes from .

          • Papa Bear

            Leroy Once again you have proven Einstein to be correct. Einstein said and I quote ” there is a limit to genius but none on stupidity”!! Congratulations on your accomplishment!!

          • Leroy Mosley

            My PHD in your so called stupidity is much better than Einstein who stole someone else’s theory.

          • Papa Bear

            Really fool??? Totally full of yourself aren’t you?? Comparing yourself to one of the most intelligent people to walk the planet really shows just how stupid you are. No need to respond as we all know what you’re made of (that which is scraped off the bottom of ones shoe after they have walked through the forest or a pig sty!!!

          • AZtejas

            The protests have been going on for several years, you obviously only recognize the time Pres. Trump has been in office as the time frame of dissent. So you apparently have a very narrow focus on life. Pres. Trump is by the way, NOT A POLITICIAN. I thank God for that every day. He is however an intelligent businessman. He recognizes the actions that negatively impact the Nation and works to correct them. So far it looks like he may have accomplished that in this case. You probably need to review Hitler’s life and history and expand your knowledge base. As for his failure to buy an NFL team, I’m sure he regrets missing out on the Patriots, the rest were simply business. Sometimes you loose and sometimes you win.

      • Glenn E Moody

        you are a leftist moron Don’t compare TRUMP to Hitler and he dose know Military code he went to a Military School kneeling during the National anthem is total Disrespect to me & every other Veteran we don’t even take a knee during TAPPS. only taking a knee is at a grave be it on the battle field or here in the National Cemetery and even then it is by my self never in a group. I have been in the color guard for over 30 + years and we stand at attention for the Anthem & Tapps.

        • Leroy Mosley

          I’m very much balance , you seem like a sucker you ‘ll fall for anything . You were in the color guard and you act like you don’t know just to appease a Hitler Trump .

          • Papa Bear

            Leroy It is obvious that you are Anti-American You ascribe to and support a dogma that is totally Anti American!!!
            The Democrat party is no longer the party of your fathers!! Lieberals are now 100% Anti-American By adding Anti-Free Speech 100% Anti–Freedom 100% Anti–Life 100% Anti-Religion 100% Anti-Family 100% Anti-Truth 100% Anti-Business 100% Anti-Growth 100% Anti-Business 100% Anti-Free Enterprise 100% Anti-Gun 100% Anti-Constitution 100% Anti-Patriotic 100% Anti-Responsibility 100% Anti-Liberty 100% Anti-God 100% Anti-Character 100% Anti-Energy
            https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/474x/1b/9f/7e/1b9f7e0160a8bacee9e642044b977f64–stupid-liberals-liberal-logic.jpg

          • ADRIAN WRIGHT

            No you are a stupid Democrat, Marxist/communist who wants to destroy this Nation.

      • Papa Bear

        Leroy you have a severe malady known as CCRIS (Chronic Cranial Rectal Inversion Syndrome!! I just happened to locate your photo https://vignette.wikia.nocookie.net/uncyclopedia/images/b/bb/Head_up_ass.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20140815174149

        Just what is the “Military Code of Honor”?? Is it the political tenet for conducting operations? Maybe why we are always losing precious resources for politicians to line their pockets issuing inane ROE to prolong hostilities?

        I would certainly like to know why MORONS like you continue to claim being experts when referencing Nazism. To listen to MORONS like you one would think you were witness to or victims of the perpetrations of the Nazi party.
        I can indeed confirm to know all about what Nazism is and inform you that I have indeed been witness to and a victim of those perpetrations.
        Of my family I am the only person still alive to report on such atrocities having seen my grandparents cousins and such lined up in the street and summarily executed.
        I can bear witness to similar atrocities perpetrated on other families in our village Although I was a young boy of six I vividly remember the circumstances and cause of this behavior of the Gestapo. All one needed to do is disagree with the Nazi Party to guarantee a visit by the SS or Gestapo.
        My father was an industrialist who manufactured electronic communications equipment. The Wehrmacht demanded he provide equipment to the Luftwaffe and Army and join the Nazi Party.
        His refusal meant we had to flee Germany and seek asylum in the US. The year was 1943 and it took nearly a year to finally arrive at Ellis Island. During this year we at times fought with the French resistance. I remember hiding by day and traveling at night carrying ammunition and explosives. All this for safe passage over the Pyrenees into Spain then to America
        What I am seeing in the Demorrhoidic Leftopathic Corruptocrat Party is the exact same ethos, attitude and mindset of the Nazi Party and you MORONS have the GALL to label conservatives Nazis??? I suggest you EDUCATE yourself (if you are able) and stop being so utterly stupid!!!

        • Leroy Mosley

          If you fall for trickery once you ‘ll always fall for it. Thanks for your non answer to the original question.

          • Papa Bear

            You didn’t ask a lucid question!!! FYI unlike you I have NEVER been duped. You have ascribing to the Demorrhoidic Leftopathic Corruptocrat
            lieberal dog sh*t you eat like candy!!!

          • ADRIAN WRIGHT

            I believe you are the one who will fall for anything!

      • Xntryk

        Drugs are bad, mmmkay?

        • Leroy Mosley

          Sorry no druggie here .

          • Xntryk

            With that being the case, I have to point out that you are lying about kneeling to honor the flag. You clearly know nothing about the US millitary. There is no millitary protocol that has a service member kneeling in the presence of the flag. The NFL rulebook requires players to be on the field, face the flag, and stand with their right hand over thier heart. For whatever reason that rule is not being enforced. Athletes have a right to protest, and I have the right to not attend games, or change the tv channel.

      • Smart Southerner

        You are the one blinded by the hate-filled, anti-American, cop hating, violent Liberal propaganda.

        No wonder they joined the cop-hating BLM protest…

        NFL = NATIONAL FELONS LEAGUE

        Since 2000, NFL players have been arrested 855 times.

        http://truthfeednews.com/national-felons-league-nfl-players-have-been-arrested-855-times-since-2000/

  • Harry Pearson

    So, its time then for everyone who feels that the NFL is being insulting, disrespectful, uncaring, or whatever, to stop using the brands that support the NFL. When those folks, businessmen all, feels the drop in sales, they will make some noise to get it back. If they support the NFL, don’t buy their products, we can all substitute something else for the time it takes to get their attention.

    • Michael G. Wilson

      Most of us have sir! I myself loved Michelob light, but with Budweiser’s responses to this disrespect on the field of play, I have switched to Coors Light! Guess what, IT’S JUST AS GOOD! I no longer purchase Kellogg’s products, or Starbucks, or Dunkin Donuts, and I no longer go into a Buffalo Wild Wings ether. Don’t shop at Target or Walgreen’s as well for other Christian and conservative view point reasons. The list is ever growing and I patronize those that do take a strong stand for those that honor patriotic, Christian and conservative views! But to each his own good consensus must be their guide! Every single citizen has the right to take whatever side they want to, not only this issue, but as to just what direction they want our country to go in; Constitutionally free, socialistic, and or as a full blown communist totalitarian nation! Although any choice but the Constitutional free one, means that is the end of rights, and to chose anything ever again! But they have those rights, for now!

      • Jackalyn Morrison

        With you on this one

      • Harry Pearson

        Good man, Michael. Its nice to see someone who stands for what he believes. And it is pretty amazing, when we get past the advertising, the products and their substitutes are pretty equal. Let’s hope more people join us.

        • Linda Fogleman Kalkbrenner

          RIGHT WITH YOU AND I STAND EACH AND EVERY TIME !!!!!!

      • Col C

        The problem is they don’t get, that the very nation they live in gives them the freedom to act like idiots. If Trump was like Hitler, they would all be in jail, or dead, do you think Kim Junk Wad would put up with anyone disrespecting his country privately, let alone publicly, they would be tortured and murderded. These idiot Democrats think Trump is worse than Kim Junk Wad. I guess there isn’t any law against being dumb, and they have the freedom to choose, and so do we, and we can choose to boycott.

      • Papa Bear

        Michael: Why do you drink “lite” beer? Do you not know you are paying full price for more water and less taste than regular beer? It costs half as much to “chemically” produce a light product than to naturally “brew” the real product and you pay the same price for light product than the regular product. Miller performed a coup when they started the “lite beer” craze and people bought into their deceptive advertising as sheeple bought into and drank the lieberal Kool-Aid

        • Tim

          well stated.
          When lite beers first came out, my brother a chemist, was testing the chemical make up of lite beers. HIs conclusion when compared to regular beers was…You guessed it more water. I never drink lite beer unless I don’t have another choice. My beer of choice, when I drink beer, is a good IPA

          • Papa Bear

            I will drink water if the only alternative is lite beer I refuse to ingest the chemicals that are in lite beer

    • Glenn E Moody

      I have already done it as many of my fellow Veterans have. I voted for Trump and proud of it I have been all in for Trump since he started his campaign for President I have whitnessed Clinton Close and or cut back at least 5 Military bases in my State near ware I live here in MA one of the bases always had fighter jets in the air 24-7 that could have taken out the 9/11 planes it was because of the Clinton cuts that they didn’t fly 24-7 anymore thank god that TRUMP won against Hillary / KILLARY Clinton we wouldn’t even have a Military now if she won that is why I voted for President Trump to make America great again

  • The sponsors are scared to death in what is happening. The ticket sales are down and the people watching games is way down. They will only put up with it for a couple more weeks until the NFL gets a jolt in the pocket book that will probably wake the jerks up.

    • Carol

      They don’t seem so scared to me. I hope you are right though.

      • George Bartenfeld

        Maybe when Iran Iraq or NK attack the U.S. the Military can take a knee and let the NFL and the NBA do the fighting

    • taliesin319

      Let us all make it as simple as we can for these over whelmingly dense, pansy pants snowflakes. NO TV..NO TURNING ON INTERNET TO SEE THEM TAKE,A KNEE. Boycott every sponsor and substitute for similar products. The Companies boycotted check their competitors. They will see the upswing in sales. No matter how hard it is kedp up the pressure. don’t drop your guard. Make this years Superbowl a tribute to old Glory, our President and Vice President, and every single man and woman who serve in the Military, Policd Forces, and Fire Fighters. Make Superbowl a celebration for the real men, not the wimpish pseudo players who do not deserve to be called Warriors or men.

      • Papa Bear

        What watch a “Super Bowl featuring a cabal of LOSERS????. Sorry “Pro Sports” are no longer sports as they have become a political platform for “losers” I am no hypocrite and will NOT watch nor am I interested in any outcome !!!! I am a COMBAT veteran a RESPONSIBLE American citizen and PATRIOT I am NOT a sooty snowflake that has an ax to grind with society because they lack motivation or are “responsible” Americans

        A hyphenated American is not an American at all. Americanism is a matter of the spirit and of the soul. Our allegiance must be purely to the United States. We must unsparingly condemn any man who holds any other allegiance.”
        Theodore Roosevelt… 1915 — I would add that identifying oneself as a citizen from another nation is not being a Patriotic American either, but rather a implement or guise to obtain special consideration which is not being a Patriotic American Citizen either.

  • Allen

    My problem is that to stop supporting some of these sponsors I would have to buy something from them again. I stopped purchasing from most of the companies I see sponsoring NFL games a long time ago. With the exception of Ford Motor Company. And, I will never buy anything from Anheuser-Busch. This stuff is swill. So many better craft beers made today.

    • Papa Bear

      NOTHING comes close to a German beer especially the watered down as you accurately say “swill” from domestic “chemical” processors

    • Tim

      yes craft beers is the answer
      I love them

  • Ski

    Screw protesting players👎
    Screw do nothing Commissioner👎
    Screw their sponsers👎
    Screw the NFL👎
    Dam feels good to act like a lib👍Not👎

  • Smart Southerner

    From the article:
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    [email protected] stands for the flag and by our Athletes for free speech, expression and a unified America.

    — Under Armour News (@UAnews) September 23, 2017
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Hey Under Armour! It doesn’t have anything to do with unity!

    Kneeling during the Anthem is all about supporting the RACIST Black LIES Matter, domestic terrorists who march down our streets chanting “What do we want? Dead Cops! When do we want it? Now!

    AND BLM followers believe their message of hate & assassinate America’s policemen! They need to be locked up, not glorified!

    • Jim Owen

      Hey Under Armour, that is double talk. Won’t work. Two-faced is what it is.

      • Leroy Mosley

        But I bet you own a pair.Hypocrite

    • UnderArmour is now OFF the Xmas list—

    • Leroy Mosley

      You are an idiot this isn’t about black lives it’s about everyone lives. The freedom of choice you have not to be told when to stand or when to kneel. That freedom comes before flag or country. Something this country was founded on .

      • Papa Bear
      • Smart Southerner

        Look in the mirror & I think you will see the idiot. If you don’t think this disrespectful assault on our anthem isn’t because of Black LIES matters & the rest of the Soros funded Communist Left then you need to open your eyes.

      • Smart Southerner

        Au Contraire, my little koolaid drinking Liberal. It is about BLM, which was created from the “Hands Up” LIE., and which is funded by one of the most evil globalists on Planet Earth.

        Don’t think it’s about the racist, cop hating BLM? Thursday night some players stood but raised their “Black Power” fists in the air instead of kneeling in their racist act of defiance. Disgusting! That’s just more Liberal racist BS!

  • Schaefer

    Ask the players individually why they are kneeling and you’ll get as many different reasons as the Occupy Wallstreeters gave. Maybe take constructive action (hard) instead of a “knee” (easy) to help solve issues in the community.

  • Donovan Blaylock

    I would not know who their sponsors are. Never NFL in my home again. They are wasting their money on my money

  • Willie the 6’snake in the barn

    800-342-5283 Budweiser Customer Service Number. Let them no you don’t agree with them continuing to sponsor the NFL as the official beer.

    They want to know. I think press option 1 to let them know.

  • dave72

    These spoiled millionaires are too lazy to protest on their own time. 3 minutes at work with their work clothes on? Big Deal.

  • When it comes to buying anything I see on football commercials when changing the channel, I’d rather eat bark. And the he** with any of the other products I might happen to hear about on the internet, or see the ones being promoted on FOX television. No games, and no products advertised on them.

  • Unforgotten27

    Nike, UA, Bud and all other sponsors, are on notice, I & my associates have decided we can live without your products as long as you back the NFL! In case you have forgotten ; “We’re the Customers “!!!!

  • Cappy1437

    Sponsors can take their products and put them where the sun doesn’t shine. All Americans should respect our flag and our anthem. Willing to look the other way? Then you don’t deserve our support.

  • They don’t want to loose viewers number one,but they don’t want the players to stage some kind of unity uprising. Or maybe just not play. The nfl is already the lowest watched/listened to sport.The heck with em’. They don’t wan’t 2 million a player, get 9-5 jobs.

  • Ronald Nelson

    Major Corporations are lead by individuals who view the world differently than their common share holders or the American People… Like their counter parts in government they no longer hold the American Dream as sacrosanct or American. Many of them hold America in open contempt.

    In fact, large numbers of Corporate leaders see America and its PEOPLE as a obstructing world progress… These moguls of power and industry have been pushing America to accept their version of a New World Order for a very long time. They see American people as difficult to control and want to dramatically limit America and her people’s influence on others in the world…

    These power hungry Icons of commerce and government want to establish a quasi-feudal system of government and a command economy… giving them a MONOPOLY on power. These wicked men are working to completely disenfranchise the people from their government, historic culture, and their civil and economic rights… they are working to fundamentally transform America.

    • AZtejas

      Well done, thanks..

  • Letterman007

    It’s time for Roger Goodell to clear OUT!! He and the owners who support anything but standing only, no fists raised or any other show of insulance the player should get fined a game check the first time and suspended until further notice the second. Time to get the league, owners, players and sponsors where it hurts, in the WALLETS!!!

  • Smeethow

    Would nike support their own work force protesting on company time and disrupting their customers ?

  • J Whitehurst

    Goodell, your spineless move is too little too late. As for Anhueser-busch, under armour and the other gutless sponsors, I will not be purchasing any of their products. AB – with 1100 veterans you employ, you took the chickens way out. Hit them in their wallets and they will change their minds.

    There is an 800 number to register your opinion with AB. There is also a list of the top 25 sponsors of the NFL on line. Boycott them all!

  • Boomergirl

    In all this issue, no one has objected to whether a team member actually sings the National Anthem. It’s difficult for many people to sing, and it’s why I favor “America the Beautiful” as being a better choice. However, the team members need to stand along with the audience who paid these millionaires money to see the games. Or their feet will not want to walk into the stadiums anymore. There are other things the public can spend their hard earned money on, things like their kids little league games.

    • AZtejas

      Which verse do you have a problem with? I have been singing it for some 70 years and never had a complaint. Do you know the history of the National Anthem and the soldiers that died the night it was written; putting it back up every time British War ships shot if down? It was still standing the next morning..

  • a fool

    “National Foot Ball!” It is a Nation, not one person only! Love the Nation, love the flag that represents the Nation, the self is included, not excluded. Anyone who wants to be excluded, should pack up and move out to wherever who wants to go! Good Bye to them all!

    • Jackalyn Morrison

      Amen

  • Fed UP

    So if you give the kneeler credence then couldn’t anyone with a beef about anything do the same thing? This is why I stopped watching football.

  • Proud_Conservative_American

    Any and All Advertisers who Do Not proclaim Total Support for the Pledge of Allegiance, the American Flag and the National Anthem…or Protest Against the USA in Any Form, should be Boycotted by All Americans, until they Agree to, and Including to Do So in All Future Advertising Contracts and Agreements…Period.
    They have made Billions and Billions of Dollars, thanks to the Freedom our Great Country allows…Its Time they either Stand or Kneel!!
    The Holidays are Coming Fast…Will it be Domestic, or a fine German Ale this year??

  • Andrew Molina

    Lots of money to lose and they are gnashing their teeth b/c the media contracts have been signed and sealed and sponsors cannot back out now or face legal charges

  • JWB

    Greetings!
    “Your either with US ( the American Flag and our National Anthem ) or your against US.”
    Simple, very simple.
    Regards

  • Terry Edwards

    Does anybody know who all the sponsors are? If I knew whr they were I would stop going to them.;

  • Steve Flowers

    COMMISSIONER $45M GOODELL SHOULD RESIGN. He has come to the party too, too LATE! When KOPO-DICK decided to kneel when our National Anthem was being played, the illustrious commissioner and the owner of the S.F. 49ers did nothing, they gave every excuse not to do anything and since it has backfired on them, they a5re issuing a directive that players must stand for the playing of our Anthem. Shame on them, PRESIDENT TRUMP IS CORRECT when he identified the kneelers! NOVEMER 12, 2017 HONORING VETERANS DAY, IT IS THE DAY FOR THE FANS TO STAND UNITED AND BOYCOTT ALL NFL GAMES BEING PLAYED. It is the duty of the fans to let the NFL Players that we mean what we say and what we do! The NFL must be taught a lesson that they are not larger than our ANTHEM, FLAG, MILITARY and the fans who have supported them!

  • Sonny christian

    Our family will not buy another Nike shoe. We don’t buy under armor or anheuserbusch anyway so we can not help there. They should demand that the players abide by NFL rules. Even if there were no such rules they should honor our country and the fallen that sacrifice their lives for our country. If they are against law enforcement they should have found another method to protest. The mentality is low. So I understand why they do not have normal mental processing. Don’t go protesting our country because their butt itches. We will not support NFL after being a long time red skin supporter even far back as Sonny Jergerson. We have had too many people to die for our country so they can live the life of luxury with absolutely no appreciation.

  • Ragweed Handgun

    Don’t forget that two of the NFL teams who played in England recently knelt and disrespected the USA during the National Anthem. However, they all stood up proudly for the British National Anthem, or whatever they play there. All those players should have sought Political Asylum while there…It would be good riddance of bad rubbish…

  • Christian_Prophet

    There is reason for African American athletes protesting. The police brutally kill blacks. Athletes have a right to protest. Do not deny their right to protest the ugly police brutality against blacks. President goon and VP clown have made up the idea that protesting is wrong. In fact it is an American right. So deal with it.

  • patriot1111

    Im done watching the meatheads .

  • Sonny christian

    I am amazed how a lot of people just do not get it. We are against police brutality on black people. It has always made me mad to see this treatment. Pledging alliance to our country and honoring America does not have anything to do with police brutality. It would have been more effective if the players would have brought out large signs for America to see in order for fans to protest at each game. Fans would have been with them . They are protesting America , not the police. That is their intention. The police is secondary. They need to leave America and find their lives somewhere else. We will not support NFL and not because of president Trump. Trump does not influence fans decisions. American fans have made this decision because of the disrespect of our country.

  • GA-LAW-75

    Not to speak is to speak. Not to take a stand, is to make your stand.

    The majority of Americans have come to their conclusions, and expressed
    that “We the People” stand with our Nation, Flag and Anthem. We
    know full well exactly what our symbols represent, and honor those who have
    shed their blood in sacrifice for Our Nation and people.

    We will not forget those who have, in a repugnant effort, attempted to use our
    Flag and Anthem for their own selfish personal political agenda. Be it the NFL,
    Owners, Players. Sponsors, or others we know the positions you have taken, and will remember, and respond by withholding our dollars .

    Those who have contributed in anyway with dishonor, and disrespect, toward our Nation, Flag and Anthem, will ultimately feel the consequences through adverse economic impacts within their careers, organization(s), businesses, or personal shame.

    Pray for our President, Nation, and Peace.

  • old_salty_dawg99

    Well they will change their tune when and if enough Americans stop supporting them. I for one am boycotting any who support the NFL or the players. This means if every American and their Families stop buying things from those who hire players to endorse goods or advertise during games those sources of money will hurt these FAKE PROTESTERS where it counts. I call them FAKES because like the TERRORISTS of BLM all they care about is publicity and money. If this were not true they would disavow BLM and stand against the killing of blacks by other blacks. They would also not go hide behind their walls and exclusive areas of town and go to places like Chicago and LA where blacks are dying by the thousands and Democrats(LIBERALS)who rule just do nothing and say they are doing a great job. They would also go out in the off season and help those affected not just waste their money and rack up hits on their rap sheets.

  • Bonnie Treitler

    well i don’t like nike shoes or apparel anyway. people need to boycott nike as well as the other sponsors. the football field is their work place if they had an office job they would’ve been fired. but there’s no consquences. they weren’t fired, or fired , or had to set out games without pay. jones thought he’d start to kneel and then stand for the anthem but everyone saw that for what it was a sp in the face. i’m sure the owners are feeling the heat since the boycott started and people took a stand.

  • Col C

    This isn’t about protest, this is about Islam taking over, kneeling is part of their religion and allegiance to their god. The first thing is to split the country, get rid of the symbols that represent America, like the flag, and the National Anthem, take over on college campuses, and try to teach that HAMAS is fighting for freedom, instead of the fact that it is a terrorist group. Kaepernick started this kneeling thing and he is Muslim, I’d be interested to see if they kneel to the East, also his girlfriend is Muslim, and she is in leadership at BLM, who think murdering cops is justified, which brings me to the next thing they do, destroy authority figures like cops, millitary, and even the President who is trying to protect our country from even more invaison. I agree with Billy, kneeling is a major insult to our country, and it is meant to be just that.

  • KKmoderate

    It may take months or even years but the Americans who put president Trump in the White House will prevail. We may be seeing the end of professional football (maybe others pro ball sports too). The fact is that the tax payers are tired of paying for stadiums and playing fields that are nothing but monuments to excess. Sooner or later the “power of the purse” will have its say…. I hear the rumblings from foundation and board members, people who will never March and destroy but they will withhold their donations. Yes, it may take a while because people with large donations will make their protest silently but the loss of their revenue will be felt. Look at Target stock over the last 17 months, post Transgender support.

  • ImOffendedTreatMeSpecial

    Let’s see how much they support them when the bottom line turns as red as they are.

    • awaitingtherapture

      Good one. Sad thing is many won’t understand what you mean by “RED”.

  • halotx

    I have added Under Armour and NIke to my list of NEVER AGAIN. These companies believe that Americans will buy their overpriced goods no matter what they do, but they will learn along with the pampered athletes who brought this on. Believe me there will always be plenty of Chinese knockoffs to replace these makers’ goods, but pride in your country and loyalty cannot be bought.

  • awaitingtherapture

    Just burned my Nike tennis shoes. Stank up the whole neighbor hood but was worth it. Will NEVER, EVER, buy another Nike product or go to an event they sponsor.

  • Miss Mellie

    Then we consumers should boycott the sponsors. STOP BUYING NIKE.

  • Matthew Atwater

    If the protesters want to be such social dogooders then why don’t they protest on THEIR OWN TIME NOT THEIR EMPLOYEERS? If regular working people blue collar workers decided to protest we would be fired in a heartbeat. The protesting players should all be fired, suspended or fined. Then we’ll see who’s protesting? 49ers once great franchise haven’t won a game. Thank God that tattooed covered disgrace is gone. The Muzlem owned Seattle Seahawks probably sign him? NFL players as well as NBA players all look like convicts anyway. A lot of MLB players too. See any tattooed covered NHL players? I’m not watching anymore pro sports. A bunch of overpaid crybabies anyway. Who never worked a real job in their life and probably don’t know how or can’t! SSG Matt Atwater

  • Rick Armayor

    Nike supports athletes and their right to freedom of expression on issues that are of great interest such as disrespect for this country’s flag, the national anthem, and the members of our armed forces who have sacrificed much if not all. Nike supports divisiveness. It is past time to burn Nike’s profits over it’s support of disrespect.
    Those crybaby footballers would not last a day in Honduras or Guatemala.

  • Tim

    Nike has always been a liberal cesspool.
    I stopped buying any of their products years ago

  • Leroy Mosley

    And you just did but it’s still America where you have a right to peaceful protest.

    • ADRIAN WRIGHT

      I have the right of protest the NFL, the Teams, the Owners, and the Sponsors! I will not buy the products presented or watch the games.

  • Philomena

    Boycott these overpaid disrespectful people. Please don’t waste your money on them.

  • ADRIAN WRIGHT

    Thank you NIKE. You have made the list of “NEVER BUY FROM AGAIN!”

  • ADRIAN WRIGHT

    Thank you NIKE. You have made the list of “NEVER BUY FROM !

  • JFSEB

    Don’t watch NFL. College ball is better; college players are not millionaire prima donnas yet. Screw the sponsors who support these kneeling maggots. Don’t buy their products.

  • Erik V Johnson

    MONEY IS the ROOT to ALL EVIL and Believe Me…There’s LOTS n LOTS of Money AND Lots n Lots of Evil !!!

  • Obie Miller

    Amen,Brian!