When an organization is failing, responsible leaders take a look at what’s wrong and make the changes necessary to fix it. However, in NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s case, he looked at what was wrong, and continued to double down on it.
In a swirl of controversy, the NFL recently announced that it would not accept an advertisement from the veterans group AMVETS for the Super Bowl’s printed program. The reason? Because the NFL has already done enough to honor veterans this year.
The AMVETS had previously submitted the ad with the words “Please Stand,” but the NFL rejected it, citing a policy that prevents the league from using the program for political material.
It’s amazing how asking people to stand during the national anthem is now considered “political.”
Additionally, Brian McCarthy, the NFL’s vice president of communications, told the Daily Caller last week, “The Super Bowl game program is designed for fans to commemorate and celebrate the game, players, teams and the Super Bowl. It’s never been a place for advertising that could be considered by some as a political statement.”
So, let me get this straight. Anthem protesters can kneel during the anthem, and that’s not political. But, vets telling them to stand is? Are you starting to notice the hypocrisy?
The NFL isn’t OK with organizations buying space in the Super Bowl program for “political” statements, but it’s more than OK with its players making political statements during the national anthem.
It’s so backwards.
But now, Goodell has not only defended the AMVETS ad being rejected for the game’s program, he is now saying that the league has already done enough for vets.
After being questioned about rejecting the vets’ ad, according to NBC’s ProFootballTalk, Goodell told reporters, “It’s not an indication of any lack of support.”
“We have a VFW ad that talks about, celebrates the important work that our veterans are doing, and of course you all know we’re going to have 15 Medal of Honor winners that we’re bringing together at the Super Bowl, which I think is the largest number of Medal of Honor winners ever brought together at any event other than their annual national gathering.”
So, I guess that’s all our vets deserve according to Goodell.
But here’s one more kicker. Apparently Goodell thinks that this is enough for vets, but recently told reporters that the league is “just getting started” to get behind “social” causes.
Translation: More anthem protests on the field, and more excuses for anthem protesters from the league’s front office.
Sorry, Commissioner, but your pathetic attempts to “honor” our vets aren’t enough. And when you double down on allowing the protests to continue, but reject veterans ads, you are making it worse.
You’ve made it very clear how you feel about the United States, and the American people have had “enough.”