Veterans Boycott NFL Games

Ross Houston
November 13, 2017

The NFL announced that it will make "no change" in its national anthem policy for Veterans Day weekend, according to the Washington Times in a report on Saturday, Nov. 11. He asked the owners of Woody's to sacrifice a busy NFL Sunday, and they ended up turning it into an event to benefit local veterans' charities with live music and more.

Conservative watchdog group 2ndVote also weighed in, asking all of its supporters to #STANDwithVets and turn off National Football League games to send a message to the National Football League, advertisers and TV networks. "Americans are sick of the disrespectful National Anthem protests that the NFL has not only allowed to continue, but has institutionalized in pregame ceremonies".

But there was one moment that stood out among the rest during the first round of games on Sunday.

At the Tennessee Titans game receiver Rishard Matthews walked onto the field holding hands with soldiers and stood with teammates for the anthem for the first time since President Donald Trump criticized players for protesting.

The president and other critics argued that the playing of the national anthem was the wrong time for protests, regardless of the reason, because the song represents USA national unity and respect for those who serve in the military.

Owner John Shaw said he doesn't like that players are disrespecting the flag and Veterans.

"While it'll probably cost us some money, we thought it was more important to stand with our veterans", Johnson told

About 22,000 people have indicated on Facebook that they plan to turn off the television for games.

As part of Veterans Day observances this weekend, the Jeannette and Lower Burrell veterans organizations will boycott the Pittsburgh Steelers game Sunday.

Newswatch 16 stopped by the Polish American Veterans Club near Wilkes-Barre on Sunday where veterans refused to show any National Football League games.

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