Lower Burrell, Jeannette veterans organizations to boycott National Football League broadcasts

Doug Mendoza
November 13, 2017

Veterans Day weekend seems to have inspired a new round of fan activism against the National Football League in response to player protests during the national anthem.

The tavern's management says it was honoring Veterans Day this weekend by not showing the games, amid the ongoing controversy over NFL players kneeling during the national anthem.

And a conservative watchdog group called 2ndVote is asking fans to "stiff-arm the National Football League", according to the Washington Times.

Meanwhile, the league and the NFL Players Association issued a joint statement that said "there has been no change in the current policy regarding the anthem", which states that players "should" stand for the anthem.

But there was one moment that stood out among the rest during the first round of games on Sunday.

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Former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick began the protest movement last season.

Tennessee Titans wide receiver Rishard Matthews, who has largely stayed in the tunnel for the national anthem in prior games, walked onto the field holding hands with soldiers. About six to eight Seahawks players had been sitting or kneeling during the anthem, but defensive end Michael Bennett (one of the leading kneelers) said the team chose to stand as a show of support for the military in honor of Veterans Day.

However, before the first eight games on Sunday, no NFL players knelt during the national anthem, and the attitude seemed to shift.

"While it'll probably cost us some money, we thought it was more important to stand with our veterans", Johnson told NJ.com. So far, 22,000 people have indicated on Facebook that they will turn off the TV for games.

As part of Veterans Day observances this weekend, the Jeannette and Lower Burrell veterans organizations will boycott the Pittsburgh Steelers game Sunday.

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