The NFL boycott appears to be having an effect, as the NFL is trying to convince fans they actually do respect America’s military. Incredibly, they are doing that by getting the same players who are protesting the National Anthem to “thank” the troops in a new Veterans Day commercial.
The commercial is one of several TV spots the NFL has been running during the Veterans Day weekend. Among the players featured are the following players, who have either participated in, or voiced support for, the National Anthem protests against America and the troops.
- Delanie Walker of the Tennessee Titans, who said that even though he supports the troops and traveled with the USO, he has stayed in the locker room during the National Anthem to fight for equal rights. He also said “And the fans that don’t want to come to the game? I mean, OK. Bye. I mean, if you feel that’s something, we’re disrespecting you, don’t come to the game. You don’t have to. No one’s telling you to come to the game. It’s your freedom of choice to do that.” His statement led to his receiving death threats.
- Doug Baldwin of the Seattle Seahawks, who had not knelt during the anthem, but has voiced support for those who do. He insists the protests are about injustice, not disrespect for the troops, the anthem, or the flag.
- Chris Long of the Philadelphia Eagles, who was the first white player to kneel during the National Anthem. His father is Hall of Famer and actor Howie Long of Fox’s NFL broadcast team.
- Malcolm Jenkins of the Philadelphia Eagles, who has held up the “black power” fist during the anthem this season.
Here is the commercial.
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