The NFL thought it could stand up to Trump by embracing the anti-American anthem protests.
But you reap what you sow.
And now one patriotic business owner is ensuring the NFL feels the pain where it hurts them the most.
Anyone who’s watched an NFL game has no doubt been inundated with commercials for car dealerships.
These car dealers are often big parts of the local community and sponsor everything from little league teams to charity races.
Now, the NFL is facing a massive backlash from these patriotic business owners, that could result in a massive lost.
In response to the ongoing controversy surrounding NFL players kneeling during the national anthem, the owner of Flemington Car and Truck Country has pulled the dealership’s ads from broadcasts of games for the remainder of the 2017 season.
“The National Football League and its owners have shown their fans and marketing partners that they do not have a comprehensive policy to ensure that players stand and show respect for America and our flag during the playing of the national anthem,” Steve Kalafer said in a statement. “We have cancelled all of our NFL advertising on the Optimum and Infinity (cable) networks.”
“As the NFL parses the important nationwide issues of ‘social justice’ and ‘freedom of speech,’ it is clear that a firm direction by them is not forthcoming,” Kalafer said in the statement.
Kalafer decided to pull the ads on Thursday after he said employees and customers commented on the disrespect they felt from players who have either knelt or locked arms during the playing of the national anthem.
“I’m talking to 99-percent of (my) contacts, and they agree that it’s disrespectful, it’s improper,” he said.
“Owners buried their heads in the sand when (Colin) Kaepernick was kneeling. That was the time and place for direction and leadership, and that’s why this controversy is taking place,” he said.
Kalafer said the owners’ response to the protests has been disingenuous, adding it’s too late for them to take direct action. He said owners are afraid of losing a game if they discipline a player.
Kalafer suggested instead of the protests continuing on national television, in front of veterans, police and other first-responders, the players and teams should focus on ways to support their communities.
Many football fans would agree with Steve Kalafer.
During Monday Night Football one fan held a sign that read, “Protest on your own time.”
Maybe if the NFL continues to feel the backlash in their pocketbook, they’ll realize the anthem is not the time for players to make political or social protests.
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