(National Sentinel)Â NFHELL: Â The NFL says it won’t change current policy regarding standing for the National Anthem as scores of Americans play to boycott games on Sunday in honor of Veterans Day.
â€œUntil millionaire football players stop protesting the National Anthem of the United States, weâ€™ll be here,â€ reads the text on the Boycott The NFLÂ Facebook page, with more than 225,000 followers. â€œWe love football, but we love our flag more.â€
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At the same time the watchdog organization 2ndVote is asking fans to “stiff-arm the NFL.”
â€œWeâ€™re sending theÂ National Football League, its corporate sponsors, and the television networks a message thisÂ Veterans DayÂ weekend!â€ 2ndVote said on its website.
â€œAmericans are sick of the disrespectful National Anthem protests that theÂ NFLÂ has not only allowed to continue, but has institutionalized in pregame ceremonies,” it continued.
2ndVote also launched the hashtag #STANDwithVets.
â€œRemember, several of the companies that do business with theÂ NFLÂ like DirecTV and Anheuser-Busch have signaled just how bad of a PR disaster the protests have been,â€ 2ndVote added. â€œJoin us this weekend and weâ€™ll hit theÂ NFLÂ and all of its sponsors where it counts!â€
Though some players have announced they will stand for the anthem this weekend in honor of veterans, the league in general is leaving the decision to individual players.
TheÂ NFLÂ and NFL Players Association on SaturdayÂ issuedÂ a joint statementÂ which said that â€œthere has been no change in the current policy regarding the anthem.”
The current policy says players â€œshouldâ€ stand for â€œThe Star-Spangled Bannerâ€ but doesnâ€™t require them to do so.
Since last year players have taken a knee or sat during the anthem to protest alleged social injustice and police brutality towards blacks. Roughly 75 percent of the NFL is comprised of black players.
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NFLÂ Commissioner Roger Goodell and NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith said they plan to discuss â€œimportant social issuesâ€ when next weekâ€™s league meeting takes place.
Ratings for the NFL have tanked this season as player protests continue, with viewership down double digits in many markets.
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