Over the past few weeks, hundreds of NFL players have taken a knee during the national anthem before their games. Though they claim that they are doing this to protest against racial inequality and Donald Trump, kneeling during the anthem is actually a blatant show of disrespect against military veterans and law enforcement who put their lives on the line for the American flag every day.
Now, one retired Navy veteran is fighting back against the NFL in a huge way.
WDSU reported that Cmdr. John Wells was just announced that he declined an invitation to accept an award at Sunday’s New Orleans Saints game because of the national anthem kneelers. He was chosen to receive the Peoples Health Champion Award, which is given to people who have “significant accomplishments” and have reached “senior citizen status.” It would have been presented to him at the game on Sunday, but Wells wasn’t having any of it.
“I had hoped and prayed that the NFL would outlaw these disgraceful protests and wanted to give the commissioner and the owners a fair opportunity to do so. Their failure to act is a slap in the face to all of those who have served in uniform. Men and women have fought and died for the flag that the players are disrespecting,” he said.
Management for the Saints released a statement saying that the team respects his decision and that “he has that right, and we thank him for his service to our country and his past efforts on behalf of the military and veterans.”
“We will not allow Mr. Wells’ decision and subsequent media appearances to distract our players and organization from continuing to honor and support our military and veterans,” the team said. “We, as an organization, have decided to move on from this sad and divisive discourse and focus our attention on supporting our military and veterans.”
We’re glad to see that this Navy veteran is taking a stand against the NFL!