NFL grapples with public-relations fumble after refusing to run vets’ #PleaseStand ad

by Valerie Richardson
February 1, 2018

By rejecting the #PleaseStand ad, the NFL inadvertently handed American Veterans the kind of publicity that money can’t buy.

The hashtag trended for days on social media as Republican lawmakers, pundits and even the Rev. Franklin Graham blasted the NFL for refusing to run the one-page print ad in its Super Bowl LII program after the league deemed the message too political.

Ironically, it’s unlikely the #PleaseStand ad would have received anywhere near the same national attention if the NFL had accepted the submission at the outset.

“There’s no chance,” said John Hoellwarth, spokesman for American Veterans, or AMVETS. “I do not think for a second that [publicizing the ad] was their intent, I’ll tell you that, but that was undoubtedly the result of their decision.”

The issue received another jolt of publicity on Wednesday after South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster issued a proclamation declaring game day “Stand for the Flag Super Bowl Sunday,” and encouraged residents to stand for the national anthem “wherever you watch the Super Bowl with your loved ones.”

2 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • itsfun says:

    I sent the NFL a letter telling them I will contact every sponsor of the super bowl and inform I will not buy their products ever again. The NFL has no problem with letting immigration commercials on, but disallow commercials respecting America and the thousands that have died for this nation.

  • John Wirts says:

    The National Felons League is pointing a loaded pistol at their foot and shooting, each time twisting the pistol further and further around. First they get their foot, next the lower leg, then the upper leg next the vitals between the legs! Once they eunuchize themselves they are done for good!

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