“Effective immediately, VFW Post 3345 will no longer televise any Cleveland Browns games!”
(INTELLIHUB) — An Ohio-based veterans group vows to ban all Cleveland Browns games from being televised at its post after more than a dozen of the team’s players took a knee during the national anthem at Monday’s game against the New York Giants to protest violence that occurred at a Charlottsville rally on Aug. 12.
Members of the Strongsville Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 3345 headquarters feel that the Browns are a ‘disgrace’ and have decided to not televise any more games until the team issues an apology.
Tim Zvoncheck, commander of the Strongsville VFW group issued a strong statement on Facebook Wednesday night explaining how U.S. vets won’t stand for the shenanigans.
“So tonight, I asked the membership of my post, VFW 3345, what they thought of the Cleveland Browns players kneeling during the National Anthem and the coaching staff backing their decision,” the commander wrote. “Just as I suspected, the “boos” nearly tore the roof off. Effective immediately, VFW Post 3345 will no longer televise any Cleveland Browns games! We will NEVER support any person or organization who disgraces the flag or the anthem that we fought for and so many or our brothers and sisters have died for!”
To add to the group’s statement members also rearranged the letters on their billboard sign out front of the post to read: “We like our Brows — we love our flag more. Your games will no longer be shown here. God bless America!”
— Strongsville VFW (@vfw3345) August 24, 2017
Ohio Supreme Court Justice Bill O’Neill, also slammed players who protested the anthem, calling them “draft dodging millionaire athletes.”
“I will NEVER attend a sporting event where the draft dodging millionaire athletes disrespect the veterans who earned them the right to be on that field,” the justice wrote in a Facebook post Tuesday.
Jabrill Peppers, Isaiah Crowell, Duke Johnson, Christian Kirksey, Seth DeValve, Jamie Collins, Kenny Britt, Jamar Taylor, and Ricardo Louis were among the players who participated in the protest at Monday’s game.
Similar protests continued to plague the NFL this week when Seattle Seahawks defensive lineman Michael Bennett sat out the national anthem for his third time at Friday’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs to protest racial inequality.
“I just want to see people have the equality that they deserve, and I want to use this platform to continuously push the message of that. It’s more about being a human being at this point,” Bennett told the press just after this year’s first preseason game in L.A.
— Gregg Bell (@gbellseattle) August 14, 2017
Justin Britt also participated in Friday’s protest by merely putting his hand on the shoulder of Bennett for the second time in the past few weeks to show solidarity with his teammate.
"Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are"
-Ben Franklin pic.twitter.com/MSRtHDVRBe
— Justin Britt (@JustinBritt68) August 19, 2017
All of this has caused quite the mess within the league trickling all of the way up to team owners who now have to decide how to deal with the issue.