According to Grey’s Anatomy actor Jesse Williams, playing the National Anthem before football games is a scam paid for by the government. The 36-year-old went on MSNBC to call out the practice.
“[Saying] we need to stand and pledge for the allegiance and this anthem thing is a scam,” said Williams. “This is not a part of football. [The pregame national anthem] was invented in 2009 from the government [by] paying the NFL to market military recruitment — to get more people to fight wars to die.”
Where did Williams get this outlandish idea? As far as Snopes can tell, he’s basing his claim on a meme that circulated on Facebook. He apparently didn’t take the time to even google the meme before proclaiming it to be the gospel truth on national television.
He continued, “This is not — nothing to do with the NFL or the American pastime or tradition. This is to get boys and girls to go fly overseas and go kill people. … They’re marketing and pumping millions of dollars into the NFL to get us to put on a pageant in front of the NFL football games to get you to go off and fight.”
“Right…,” replied the host Thomas Roberts. Roberts then gave Williams a quizzical look before cutting off the segment for the actor could say anything more ridiculous.
Is there any truth in the statement? The answer seems to be no.
“According to Mediaite and independent research, the rules did change in 2009, but while the NFL does receive millions in taxpayer funds, some of which are earmarked for ‘patriotic displays,’ it does not, in fact, appear that the DOD is underwriting a major indoctrination scheme,” wrote The Daily Wire.
Watch the full interview here.
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