The NFL plans to continue its weak-kneed response to its national anthem protesters this weekend in the face of a possible Veteran’s Day boycott.
Despite its half empty stadiums, its floundering ratings and a push from a top sponsor that has hinted they might abandon the league, the NFL announced Saturday that there will be “no changes” to its national anthem policy, the Washington Times reported.
“There has been no change in the current policy regarding the anthem,” the league said in a joint statement with the NFL Players Association.
Commissioner Roger Goodell and DeMaurice Smith, the executive director of the NFLPA, said they will talk about “important social issues” at a league meeting next week.
“The agenda will be a continuation of how to make progress on the important social issues that players have vocalized,” it read. “Everyone who is part of our NFL community has a tremendous respect for our country, our flag, our anthem and our military, and we are coming together to deal with these issues in a civil and constructive way.”
That will probably not appease those who plan to boycott this weekend.
“We’re sending the National Football League, its corporate sponsors, and the television networks a message this Veterans Day weekend!” wrote the conservative watchdog group 2ndVote. “Americans are sick of the disrespectful National Anthem protests that the NFL has not only allowed to continue, but has institutionalized in pregame ceremonies.”
“Remember, several of the companies that do business with the NFL like DirecTV and Anheuser-Busch have signaled just how bad of a PR disaster the protests have been,” the group wrote. “Join us this weekend and we’ll hit the NFL and all of its sponsors where it counts!”
At least 22,000 people on Facebook have said they plan to boycott the games this week.
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