The NFL has been plagued all season by boycotts from fans on both sides of the controversial National Anthem protests. Many fans boycotted the NFL season as soon as it became apparent Colin Kaepernick would not be playing this season, while others were gassed by Trump to boycott until all players stood for the Anthem.
Now comes word that the NFL has rejected an ad urging people to stand during the Anthem. A veterans group was invited by the NFL to run an ad during the "Big Game,", but the ad was rejected. The commercial included the message"#PleaseStand". According to the group's Commander, Marion Polk, "its a simple, polite request that represents the sentiment of our membership, particularly those whose missing or paralyzed limbs preclude standing".
The group has accused the league of censorship. However, NFL spokesperson, Brian McCarthy, stands by the decision to reject the commercial by stating that the "Big Game" is "designed for fans to commemorate and celebrate the game, players, teams, and the Super Bowl...Its never been a place for advertising that could be considered by some as a political statement."