Published: Mon, November 13, 2017
Sports | By Spencer Underwood

NFL Says There's 'No Change' in Anthem Policy for Veterans Day

NFL Says There's 'No Change' in Anthem Policy for Veterans Day

During Veteran's Day weekend, military heroes in Revere gathered to deliberately turn off NFL games, and will continue as long as the league stops short of forbidding players from protesting racial inequality by taking a knee during the anthem.

Many veterans have been personally offended by the protests, considering them disrespectful to the flag.

In recent weeks, no issue has been more divisive in America than whether athletes in the National Football League should be allowed to kneel during the national anthem.

Nearly no NFL players protested during the national anthem before Sunday's early games as the league celebrated Veterans Day weekend by honoring the military.

This comes at the beginning of Veterans Day weekend where all teams have been paying respect to veterans.

This is the first time the Lower Burrell VFW has boycotted National Football League games.

Alejandro Villanueva, a former U.S. Army Ranger and the only member of the Pittsburgh Steelers to show up for the national anthem before their game on September 24, handed out Army decals to his teammates to put on their helmets. "They should do it on their own time, not while they're working".

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John Spagnola, a member of the Polish American Veterans Club for 17 years, said he is a big fan of the Philadelphia Eagles and believes players have a right to protest.

Amid a nationwide conversation regarding player's in-game protests during "The Star-Spangled Banner", and threats to boycott Sunday games in observance of Veteran's Day, the NFL and the NFLPA announced Saturday that there had been "no change" to its national anthem policy.

The Facebook page "Boycott the NFL" advocates not watching this Sunday's National Football League games to "honor our military, many of whom come home with a flag draped over their coffin".

"Love it or hate it, the flag represents us all", Spagnola said.

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