People are still none too happy about the “take a knee” shenanigans going down in the National Football League, but despite sagging ratings, vanishing sponsorships, and outraged fans, teams and players don’t really seem to give a rip.
Part of the reason so many people are offended by players taking a knee during the National Anthem is because it’s incredibly disrespectful to veterans who have shed blood or died in defense of the flag and all that it stands for. Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem liberals are getting the message.
Well, one disabled veteran is making sure they feel his displeasure loud and clear by refusing to accept an award from the New Orleans Saints.
via Fox News:
The Saints organization was going to honor retired Cmdr. John Wells, the executive director of Military Veterans Advocacy, with the Peoples Health Champion award during last week’s game in New Orleans, according to The Advocate.
On Wednesday he told the organization he was unable to accept the award at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome because of the anthem protests. Saints players have been seen kneeling before the anthem and some continue to do so during the national anthem.
Slidell veterans advocate declines award 'tainted' by NFL protests https://t.co/7KE3Wq7PSy
— NOLA.com (@NOLAnews) November 3, 2017
“Although I am touched and honored to be selected for such an award, the ongoing controversy with NFL players’ disrespect for the national flag forces me to decline to participate in the presentation,” Wells said. “I am unable, in good conscience, to enter an NFL stadium while this discourtesy prevails. Since this award is tainted with the dishonorable actions of the NFL and its players, I cannot accept it.”
Wells served in the Navy from 1972 to 1994 and afterward became an attorney concentrating in military and veterans law, according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune. He was set to receive the award given by Medicare to senior citizens who have made significant accomplishments.
The Saints released a statement about Wells’ decision:
“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 statement read. “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.”
Uh, excuse me, but I think you have this backwards Saints. Players kneeling during the National Anthem are the ones who are guilty of “sad and divisive” behavior. If anyone needs to be chastised for such actions it’s the NFL.
Our men and women in uniform have gone through trials and tribulations many of us could never imagine. From losing fellow soldiers and friends, to sustaining life altering injuries and traumas. These men and women deserve our utmost respect.
If the Saints are really interested in making sure that happens, then they need to have every player standing for the anthem and encourage other teams to do likewise.