With the Super Bowl just days away, the veteran group with the #PleaseStand ad asking everyone to stand for the National Anthem has released video of the public service announcement that the NFL deemed “too political” to air.
American Veterans (AMVETS) says their public service announcement emphasizes “the basic values of civic responsibility, public service, patriotism and respect for the flag.”
“Our message has always been patriotic and polite. It simply requests that people choose to stand during the National Anthem. It neither judges, vilifies or even opposes those who choose otherwise,” AMVETS Executive Director Joe Chenelly said in a statement. “We’re simply asking that people choose standing, and the NFL has made it harshly clear that it does not want veterans delivering this message anywhere near its biggest game. We think that’s wrongheaded.”
NFL players have been protesting social injustices during the pre-game playing of the National Anthem ever since Colin Kaepernick started sitting, and eventually kneeling, at the beginning of the 2016 season.
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