Kirsters Baish| Americans have been dealing with the disrespect of NFL players through their trend of anthem protests, and we are sick and tired of it. Apparently, so are NFL’s major sponsors. While these players do have the right to peacefully protest, the American people have the right to stop watching NFL football, and NFL sponsors have the right to pull their support to these ungrateful teams. It really shouldn’t come as a surprise that former NFL sponsors are now deciding against supporting the organization that has normalized the blatant disrespect for our flag and our country.
The founding chairman of the 17 franchises that make up Flemington Car and Truck Family Dealerships, Kalafer told Observer, “Customers and employees have asked me ‘why are we supporting this disrespectful behavior?’ Our response is, ‘We cannot.’”
In a statement that will be released later today, Kalafer says: “The National Football League and its owners have shown their fans and marketing partners that they do not have a comprehensive policy to ensure that players stand and show respect for America and our flag during the playing of the National Anthem. As the NFL parses the important nationwide issues of ‘social justice’ and ‘freedom of speech,’ it is clear that a firm direction by them is not forthcoming. Therefore, we have cancelled all of our NFL advertising on the Optimum and Infinity networks.”
Reports have shown that the NFL has been losing hundreds of thousands of dollars every single Sunday. The NFL has allowed self-entitled athletes to protest, putting their “social justice movement” before their jobs. When you’re being paid tons of money to play football, it’s time to shut up and play football. What’s so hard about showing a little respect to the men and women who defend our country and taking a minute to salute the flag? These guys should be practicing their protesting skills elsewhere. When it comes down to business, the guys shelling out the big bucks aren’t going to allow crybaby football players to drain their wallets.
If being politically correct matters more to these NFL players and the NFL executives who are allowing them to protest, then that’s just fine. But, that also means that sponsors have the right to pull their sponsorship and save their own hides.
Kalafer clearly explained in his statement that he cannot continue on in supporting a league like the NFL. Customers have personally come up to him to question him as to why his company is supporting men who are not supportive of our country. This simply doesn’t look good for business. It’s time we all start putting our own best interests at heart. Hopefully losing their second major sponsor will show these NFL players that there are actions to their disrespectful actions.
In the midst of the Las Vegas mass shooting massacre that took place late on Sunday night, we are forced to put things into perspective. Men and women in the Las Vegas Police Department put their lives directly on the line when they ran towards the raining bullets, rather than away from them, in order to save lives of other Americans. These are the people we must remember and honor. Standing for the National Anthem shows our respect and gratitude for those who defend our lives.
It’s time to start thinking about the big picture. Lives were lost. Suddenly, these players are going to be forced to take a second look at their actions and figure out if kneeling for the anthem is really worth it. After all, we are all Americans, it’s time to start acting like it.