Months ago, with NFL players continuing to sit or kneel during the playing of the National Anthem, there began a movement to boycott the NFL on Veterans Day weekend.
Hundreds of thousands of people have committed to the boycott or joined groups on various social media pages in a show of unity to contest the NFL this weekend.
Many fans (former fans?) of the sport discontinued watching the football games because they viewed the anthem protests as disrespectful to the flag and those who serve to protect it.
Although Veterans Day is tomorrow, when no NFL games are being played, the ‘Boycott The NFL’ protests started yesterday and extend until the Monday night game between the Miami Dolphins and the Carolina Panthers.
Via CBS Denver:
“We’re the people that fought and defended the freedom to protest. There is a time and a place to protest,” said Lackawanna County Council of Veterans Commander Joe Albert.
The Council of Veterans say they are not condemning athletes using their platforms to protest, but as soldiers who have served active duty, they feel protesting the flag and the National Anthem is disrespecting the country they have fought for.
Now, many veterans say they have turned the games off, and that they will take part in a national boycott of all NFL games on Sunday, Nov. 12, the day after Veterans Day.
Check it out:
Veterans day boycott starts today!
1. No NFL websites
2. No NFL apps3. No NFL games
Send a message to end protests.
— M5watt (@m5watt) November 6, 2017
— TrumpGirl2020 (@patriciaunpc) November 10, 2017
NATIONAL BOYCOTT of the NFL is planned for Sunday, November 12th, Veterans Day Weekend. Boycott all football telecasts. All fans, ticket holders asked to stay away from attending/viewing any NFL games on Sunday, November 12th; let the NFL play to empty stadiums.
— Gen Boom Nation (@genboomnation) November 7, 2017
— Kase Kowe (@KoweKase) November 10, 2017
Veterans Day Boycott of NFL, don’t forget retweet! The more the better, show soldiery, United We Stand! pic.twitter.com/IFIlMInbAz
— Ronnie (@ronniestand1) November 7, 2017
Boycott NFL games this Sunday in honor of Veterans Day. Boycott sponsors of the NFL that includes Ford, Microsoft, Anheuser bush. This country needs to unite to show respect for the flag, national anthem, Military, and police officers. Don’t support disrespectful behavior. Maga
— Freda Turner (@fturner06144) November 10, 2017
— Hashtag Deplorable (@realshady8kers) November 10, 2017
— AJ Monte USN Patriot (@theoptionoracle) November 6, 2017
A Nationwide Boycott for NFL Games is Planned for to support Veterans Day. Boycott Sunday November 12, 2017.
— Stan Bryant (@StanBryant1) November 9, 2017
Veterans Day boycott of the NFL is this whole weekend Thursday-Monday. If you're not already boycotting games definitely this weekend pic.twitter.com/dAk4vlKzdc
— Boycott the NFL (@righttoboycott1) November 6, 2017
PA (CNN) — While many professional athletes are taking a knee, many veterans are taking a stand. Are you with them? https://t.co/BjcMnrBLN5
— Mike Allen (@AMike4761) November 9, 2017
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