Petition Calls On Sponsors To Cut Ties With NFL For Forcing Players To Stand For Anthem

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The NFL had just about two years to think about what they were going to do moving forward in regards to the National Anthem protests that have sent shock-waves throughout the sport.

On Wednesday, league owners came up with the idea to punish any player who is on the sidelines and doesn’t stand or ‘respect’ the National Anthem. Players also have the option of staying in the locker room during the playing of the song.

That seemed to only make things worse for the NFL, so someone created an online petition, launched on Care2, that called on all sponsors to answer the call and cut ties with the NFL following the adoption of their new policy.

It reads as follows:

“When some of America’s largest companies and the NFL sponsors were finally asked how they felt about the protest, six of them, including Nike, Anheuser-Busch, Bose, Ford, Hyundai, and Under Armour, spoke out in support of the players right to free speech.

The league’s new policy is not only offensive, it’s contradictory. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell says the ban is to ensure that players and others show respect for the flag and the anthem. But if there is one thing that the flag represents, it’s freedom, and that includes the freedom to descent when you want to take a stand against a social ill. Especially when that ill affects nearly 70% of its players as African-Americans.

Care2 is calling on Nike, Anheuser-Busch, Bose, Ford, Hyundai, and Under Armour to put their money where their mouth is and stand in support of free speech and against police brutality. Sign the petition and tell the six sponsors to end their partnership with the NFL.”

As of Friday afternoon, the petition has gotten more than 9,300 signatures.

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