Packers Fans Threaten To Return Shares, Tickets After National Anthem Demonstrations
Much like other fan bases throughout the NFL, Green Bay Packers fans are not happy about having to watch their team link arms during the playing of the National Anthem.
Just before they took on the Cincinnati Bengals last week, the team showed a united front by linking arms during the anthem. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers has since come out and stated that this will continue. He also urged fans to join in as well, because this is about ‘unity’.
That show of unity didn’t matter to some Packers fans, as they threatened to cancel their season tickets and sell their shares in the franchise if the demonstrations continue.
“I am so ashamed of and appalled by the ignorance of any NFL player who would dare disgrace our stars and stripes or the memory of hundreds of thousands of fallen U.S. heroes who paid with their lives so that we may live free,” Steven Tiefenthaler, a Packers shareholder and 20-year U.S. Air Force veteran, told Richard Ryman of USA TODAY Sports.
Tiefenthaler added, “My allegiance to our American flag and to our national anthem will always stand far above any loyalty to the NFL or to the Green Bay Packers organization.”
Packers fanatic Laura Hapke is on the long list of hopeful season ticket holders, and her mother is already Packers shareholder. She usually meets up with a bunch of other Packers fanatics to watch games together, but stated if the team continues to go the route they are with these demonstrations, she’ll have to reevaluate her allegiances.
“If they come out and say they are more into politics than patriotism, I’ll have to rethink it,” Hapke said. “It will break my heart, but I’ll have to rethink it.”