NFL Stirs More Controversy By Rejecting Super Bowl Ad From Veterans Because It's 'Too Political'

Even as the NFL ratings continue to sink, the league continues to bury itself with controversial decisions. A veteran group proposed an ad for the Super Bowl LII program, which featured a color guard holding an American Flag.

The ad reads 'Please Stand'. The NFL says it's 'too political' and rejected it.

National veterans group American Veterans (AMVETS) wanted to place the ad in the Super Bowl program that urged people to stand and called for donations to the cause. While the league doesn’t seem to have a problem letting people get political by kneeling for the National Anthem, they do have a problem with letting people get political by asking others to stand for it.

"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," said Brian McCarthy, an NFL spokesperson, to Fox News.

One has to wonder if McCarthy watched the Super Bowl last year, or at least the commercials it featured. One 84 Lumber commercial featured a Mexican mother and young child in an effort to cross the border illegally.

The original version of the commercial was nixed because it showed them coming up against a border wall, but viewers are prompted to check out 'the ending' of the commercial at the company's website. The ending features the 'hero', an 84 Lumber employee, coming to build a door in the wall.

In another ad by Audi, a father watching his young daughter in a go-kart race offers a laundry list of controversial feminist arguments. One ad by 10 Haircare even knocks President Donald Trump, telling Americans that they're in for 'four years of bad hair'.

Of course, the NFL has also allowed their players to make political statements on the field during the playing of the national anthem, and some half-time performers, such as Beyoncé, have been given the freedom to get political in their performances.

The NFL is clearly stuck between a rock and a hard place. The country is torn, and emotions are high. Allowing political messages into the game is what has gotten the NFL and many players into trouble in the first place.

This season they’ve been down a million viewers, with people on both sides of the political aisle threatening to boycott football. However, even though the league has been much more lenient in letting liberal or progressive ideologies slip in messages, and much more vigilant about banning conservative ideologies.

"It wouldn't let the Dallas Cowboys honor the slain police officers who died defending its citizens, but it bends over backward to support the anthem protests," said Dan Gainor of the Media Research Center.

"Now it won't even allow a fantastic organization to call for fans to stand up for our veterans. It turns out the NFL has been lying to us for years. It doesn't represent patriotic Americans. It doesn't represent veterans. It is simply a sport for whiny millionaires."

McCarthy says the NFL offered AMVETs a chance to alter the ad, such as by changing 'Please Stand' to "Please Honor our Veterans." AMVETs refused to make the change, and McCarthy claims the back-and-forth discussion resulted in the group missing the deadline.

Source: Fox News
Photo: WRIC

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