NFL rejects Super Bowl ad from Veterans

By Katie Pavlich:

The NFL is in hot water again after rejecting a Super Bowl advertisement from American Veterans (AMVETS). The ad asks people to stand for the National Anthem. Adding insult to injury, the NFL reportedly asked the organization to submit an ad and then declined to accept it. “American Veterans appreciated the opportunity to place an ad in the Super Bowl LII program at the invitation of the National Football League, but that appreciation quickly gave way to deep disappointment when we learned your staff had refused to publish our ad because of its simple, two-word message -- ‘#PleaseStand

,’” AMVETS National Commander Marion Polk wrote in a scathing letter to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. “While we are well aware of the controversy surrounding players kneeling during the National Anthem and the public relations problem it has caused the NFL, our ad is neither a demand nor a judgement upon those who choose to kneel during the National Anthem. It’s a simple, polite request that represents the sentiment of membership, particularly those whose missing or paralyzed limbs preclude standing.” “We sought to give a new context to the discussion from the perspective of veterans who had been largely disregarded. Your staff’s decision to reject the ad, after asking AMVETS to purchase the ad space, serves to make that disregard even more stark and unfortunate,” Polk continued.


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