MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Thousands of NFL fans are promising to tune out or stay home amid the continuing controversy over players’ protests during the national anthem.

A Facebook group with more than 50,000 members is vowing a boycott of the NFL on Veterans’ Day weekend.

“We will be not be watching or listening to NFL games on November 12th in solidarity with veterans around the country, as football players have continued to disrespect the national anthem, the American flag, and everything our nation stands for,” the page says.

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The group, which is also calling on members not to buy NFL merchandise over the weekend, aims to have 100,000 members by Veterans day.

Hundreds of NFL players, owners and coaches decided to link arms, take a knee or sit out the anthem completely in Sunday’s games after President Trump repeatedly tweeted about the issue over the weekend. At a rally in Alabama, the president also called a player who kneels during the national anthem a “son of a bitch.” The tweets and comments ignited a firestorm of debate in the media and in the NFL.

Comments (6)
  1. It’s time to boycott the NFL and show them how we the fans (their customers) truly feel about their disrespectful behavior.

  2. This is rediculous. We are no in grade school. Play it forward and just be kinder to one another. The controvesy has nothing to do with disrespecting the flag. I support this nonviolent protest.

  3. Anita, I am a 7.5 year veteran of the armed forces, and my husband is a 22.5 year retiree. We are both with the players. WE served so that others could #TakeAKnee. The flag and the anthem are condensation symbols that stand for what the United States SHOULD be but is not. I would be willing to bet that most of the people who are going to stage a boycott are unaware of their white privilege.

  4. I support their boycott.

    Just imagine how much more fun it will be to attend a game without being surrounded by a bunch of idiots, bigots, and morons…

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