Can the NFL get any worse?
The anti-American anthem protests have divided pro football fans from their teams all season.
But when one disabled veteran called out their protests, this team responded in the most unexpected and disrespectful way.
The New Orleans Saints just picked a public fight with a disabled veteran, Retired Navy Comdr. John Wells, who also serves as executive director of the Lousiana-based Military Veterans Advocacy.
Wells was chosen by the Saints to receive its Peoples Health Champion Award for highlighting the “health and well-being of our military, veterans and their families.”
The New York Post reports that Wells told them “not to expect him at the game, since he’s unable ‘in good conscience’ to enter an NFL stadium where players continue to ‘disrespect’ the American flag by kneeling or sitting before or during the national anthem.”
“Although I am touched and honored to be selected for such an award, the ongoing controversy with NFL players’ disrespect for the national flag forces me to decline to participate in the presentation,” Wells said in a statement, according to the Times-Picayune. “Since this award is tainted with the dishonorable actions of the NFL and its players, I cannot accept it. To do so would be hypocritical.”
Wells, a disabled vet who served from 1972 through 1994, said he “hoped and prayed” that Roger Goodell would ban the “disgraceful protests,” but the NFL commissioner announced in October that league owners will not force players to stand for the national anthem even though they agree that they should.
“Their failure to act is a slap in the face to all of those who have served in uniform,” Wells’ statement continued. “Men and women have fought and died for the flag that the players are disrespecting.”
The Saints could have just left it at that.
But instead, they just had to get the last word in, issuing a statement that smacked down Wells, calling his comments “sad and divisive.”
They went on to call his decision not to support NFL football “unfortunate and disappointing.”
What do you think about Wells’ decision not to attend or accept their award?
What do you think about the Saints’ response?
Sound off in the comments below!