Every day, more and more people join President Trump in opposition to the national anthem protests.
House Budget Committee Chairwoman Diane Black (R-TN) said she will boycott her Tennessee Titans until NFL players respect the flag and stand for the national anthem. “My four tickets are in a drawer, and they will stay in the drawer. My seats will stay empty until we have an appreciation for our flag, our men and women who fight for this country, and for what this flag stands for. And so, I am disgusted with the whole NFL,” she stated, according to The Washington Examiner.
Rep. Black purchased four separate seasons tickets for the 2017 NFL season, which are quite expensive. They are now collecting dust.
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick launched a series of protests at the start of the 2016 NFL season in response to supposed police brutality. Kaepernick became a free agent at the end of the 2016 season and has had trouble securing a spot on another team.
Multiple players carried Kaepernick’s protest into the 2017 season. These protests intensified after President Trump stated his belief at the rally in Huntsville, Alabama that protestors should be fired. President Trump also encouraged his supporters to leave NFL games if they saw players kneeling.
The Sunday following the Huntsville rally saw more players protesting than ever before. Even team owners came down to the field to join their players in protest of the national anthem.
Last Sunday, Vice President Mike Pence returned to Indiana, where he was the governor for four years, to watch NFL legend and retired Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning retire his jersey. The White House said the trip was planned months in advance.
Manning’s jersey was retired early in the morning before the Colts faced off against the San Francisco 49ers. Vice President Pence stood, hand over heart, for the national anthem then left the stadium, according to Business Insider.
“I left today’s Colts game because @POTUS and I will not dignify any event that disrespects our soldiers, our Flag, or our National Anthem,” Pence said on Twitter after leaving the game.
That same day, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said he would bench any player who kneels during the national anthem. “If there’s anything that is disrespectful to the flag, then we will not play,” Jones said, according to ESPN. “Understand? We will not … if we are disrespecting the flag, then we will not play. Period.”
House Budget Committee Chairwoman Diane Black (R-TN) said she will boycott her Tennessee Titans until NFL players respect the flag and stand for the national anthem. Are you boycotting the NFL?
While appearing on the Hugh Hewitt radio show, Rep. Diane Black offered her support for Jerry Jones, while calling for NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to be fired.
“Roger Goodell told one of the players that he couldn’t wear a pair of socks that had a Bible verse on it, because that wasn’t part of the uniform, and it wasn’t part of the team, and it wasn’t part of the league, and now we’re allowing an expression such as this, and then we’re applauding it?” Black questioned.
“You know, I don’t understand that. I really don’t. … I pay a lot of money to go see them, not only the tickets, but the food that I buy and so on and so forth. And I think do your job, please. I come there to watch you play football. I don’t come there to listen or see you degrade our country,” she said.