The men at Foreign Wars and American Legion, all Veterans, are calling the national anthem protests in the NFL disrespectful, misguided and ungrateful actions by the players.
The Veterans are very upset and have no problem announcing their condemnations on the National Football League.
“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,” said VFW leader and Vietnam War veteran Keith Harman.
The actions by over 200 NFL professional footballl players over the weekend is being widely considered a direct attack on the military and American patriotism in the US.
“I stand for our flag and anthem, and I kneel for our fallen,” he said. “That’s what patriots do. We rally around the flag of our country, not use it and our Constitution as both shield and sword.”
The president stood up for every veteran and individual in the military fighting for our country by telling the NFL owners to fire players who disrespect the flag.
“Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a b**** off the field right now. Out. He’s fired. He’s fired.”
The NFL commissioner Roger Goodell did not like Trump’s comments towards the players and fired back saying: “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,” Goodell said.
According to foxnews:
American Legion National Commander Denise Rohan called the NFL’s behavior “misguided and ungrateful.”
“There are many ways to protest, but the national anthem should be our moment to stand together as one United States of America,” Rohan said.
The American Legion was one of the original architects of the U.S. Flag Code and the code requires all present to stand at attention while the anthem is played.
“It wasn’t political when it was written and it shouldn’t be political today,” Rohan said. “Having a right to do something does not make it the right thing to do.”
Several VFW posts have decided to ban NFL games inside their facilities.
VFW Post 3345 in Strongsville, Ohio declared itself as the “Home of the NFL No-Zone.”
“After what happened with the NFL players on Sunday we decided to cancel our NFL red zone, and we will not be showing the games at our post,” local commander Tim Zvoncheck told Fox 8 in Cleveland. “It’s over for us.”
VFW Post 2743 in Norwalk, Ohio said they will not broadcast games until the “current anti-American displays by the players are stopped.”
“The players and the owners of the NFL have confused politics with patriotism,” they wrote in a Facebook message.
Americans have a choice – they can either stand with the VFW and the American Legion or they can stand with a bunch of overpaid, subversive cowards.
As for me and my household, we’re an NFL No-Go Zone, too!