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 Posted: Wed Jan 24th, 2018 05:29 pm
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The military group American Veterans (AMVETS) says the NFL has rejected its full-page Super Bowl program ad that contained the hashtag "#PleaseStand." The ad, with the picture a color guard holding the American flag, also included a call to donate $20 to AMVETS.



In a letter sent to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Monday, AMVETS National Commander Marion Polk wrote that "freedom of speech works both ways." Polk goes on to say, "We respect the rights of those who choose to protest," but "imposing corporate censorship to deny those same rights to those veterans who have secured it for all is reprehensible."


Goodell said in a letter to teams in October that the NFL believes everyone should stand for the anthem, but added, "We also care deeply about our players and respect their opinions and concerns about critical social issues."


The NFL release a statement on Monday, saying they did not accept the ad due to it making a "political statement."

"The Super Bowl program is designed for fans to commemorate and celebrate the game, players, teams, and the Super Bowl. It has never been a place for advertising that could be considered by some as a political statement," NFL Vice President of Communications Brian McCarthy said in the statement.

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 Posted: Wed Jan 24th, 2018 06:02 pm
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The NFL has long rejected issue oriented ads for its broadcasts (not the same as vote for so and so for Senate or vote yes on proposition 12, by the way), Super Bowl or run of the mill regular season game. AMVETS knew the ad would be rejected. The goal was never to get the ad on the air, but to play victim when it was ultimately rejected in a manufactured bit of outrage and hysteria.

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tamalie wrote: The NFL has long rejected issue oriented ads for its broadcasts (not the same as vote for so and so for Senate or vote yes on proposition 12, by the way), Super Bowl or run of the mill regular season game. AMVETS knew the ad would be rejected. The goal was never to get the ad on the air, but to play victim when it was ultimately rejected in a manufactured bit of outrage and hysteria.Why do you hate the troops?



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 Posted: Fri Jan 26th, 2018 02:49 pm
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When did vets become such snowflake drama queens?  They submitted this ad knowing the NFL would reject it just so they'd have something to cry about and keep the fucking kneeling protests in the headlines during the Super Bowl even the controversy has pretty much died out.  The NFL has been very consistent for at least 2 decades in rejecting exactly this type of ad, and many more benign than this one.  This is just the sort of nonsense that the Trump base will eat up because they have no critical thinking skills.  I thought liberals were supposed to be the emotional manipulators.



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