NFL Blows Whistle on 'Please Stand' Super Bowl Program Ad

NFL Blows Whistle on 'Please Stand' Super Bowl Program Ad

The National Football League has rejected a Super Bowl ad from a veterans group asking for people to stand during the national anthem.

The ad says "Please Stand" with a picture of a service member saluting the American flag.

AMVETS National Commander Marion Polk responded to the NFL's rejection saying "freedom of speech works both ways".

Joe Chenelly, AMVETS executive director, offered a less fiery comment which downplayed the political relevance of the ad.

The ad, which was to be featured in the Super Bowl program, contained the phrase, "Please Stand". "It's 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 a statement obtained by Military.com.

In an attempt to secure a new ad from the organization, McCarthy said, production on the program had been delayed, but in the absence of an AMVETS response, the league ultimately made a decision to ship the programs off to the printers to meet their deadline.

The #PleaseStand ad has been accepted to run during National Basketball Association and NHL games, which Polk says makes the NFL's decision not to run it even more egregious. "But imposing corporate censorship to deny that same right to those veterans who have secured it for us all is reprehensible".


The Superbowl is over a week away, but anthem-related debates have already cropped up.

She said American Veterans wanted to honor those who have sacrificed for our country, while also teaching children about the importance of showing respect to the flag and anthem.

McCarthy added a similar ad by the Veterans of Foreign Wars with the tagline "We Stand for Veterans" was accepted.

It should be noted that the version of AMVETS' ad (above) supplied to TheDC did in fact contain a hashtag, which appears to run contrary to McCarthy's statement.

The NBA and National Hockey League have reportedly approved of the ad to run in its All-Star Game programs. He returned to the topic multiple times on Twitter during the National Football League season, repeatedly criticizing players who kneeled and blaming declining National Football League ratings on the controversy.

AMVETS, also known as American Veterans, styles itself as the largest and oldest veterans service organization that is open to all veterans.

The protests during the national anthem, started by Colin Kaepernick in 2016 as a means to shine light on racial injustice and police brutality in America, grew from a league controversy to a nationwide firestorm in the fall, after President Donald Trump used the term "son of a b--h" when discussing the kneeling and demonstrating players in a speech.

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