Fans fed up with National Anthem protests at the start of NFL games have formed a Boycott The NFL Facebook group and encouraged patriotic Americans to change the channel when pro football games come on. And now they have something special in mind for Veterans Day weekend.
Boycott The NFL was founded on the idea that, “Until millionaire football players stop protesting the National Anthem of the United States, we'll be here. We love football, but we love our flag more.”
Now for Sunday and Monday, right after Veterans Day, they’re encouraging a massive nationwide boycott of the NFL in order to show respect for the men and women who have served us in the military.
“We will be not be watching or listening to NFL games on November 12th in solidarity with veterans around the country, as football players have continued to disrespect the national anthem, the American flag, and everything our nation stands for,” their Facebook event declares.
As of Friday afternoon, they had about 21,000 people agreeing to boycott and another 18,000 interested in it. A number of the Facebook groups’ supporters weighed in.
“We used to watch Sunday afternoon and evening, Monday evening and Thursday evening. It's incredibly sad and disgusting to see players disrespect our flag and our service personnel so we stopped watching. Now we're going for more walks, reading books, and getting things done around the house. We loved watching football — not sure we'll go back to watching — we definitely won't watch as long as the players continue being so disrespectful. There are ways to protest — what they're doing though is not the way to go about it,” commented Jill Postema.
“It makes me sick to think of all the men and women who have lost their lives to keep our country free and this is how the NFL says thank you,” wrote Ann Thompson. “All I have to say is get down on both hands and knees, kiss the ground and thank a veteran who has fought so that you do have the right to carry on with your idiotic protesting. United we stand divided we fall.”
Rex Stinson Sr. said, “I am a veteran who served during the Vietnam War. Disgraceful what the football players are doing. They dont respect our flag which means they dont respect all of us who served in the Military. I volunteered to go in the Army during Vietnam to serve our country. That was my reason for going in. Yes there was a draft but I volunteered to go in. I love our country and will all ways support the United States of America. I do not watch football any more because of the players disrespect,and i wont until this changes.”
It seems safe to say that increased boycotting could make a big impact on the NFL. Last weekend, the “Sunday Night Football” show hit yet another new low this season during a game between the Miami Dolphins and the Oakland Raiders, according to Variety.
Bigger yet, with the poor ratings for “Monday Night Football” as well, ESPN might trim down their coverage or eliminate it altogether. “Thursday Night Football” could see some trimming, too.
What do you think about a mass boycott this weekend? In other news, a TV star made national news Thursday night after he got hospitalized following a dining experience at Chipotle.