America’s leading veterans service group claims the NFL censored their Super Bowl commercial because it criticized the league’s kneeling protests.
The NFL originally approached AMVETS to run an ad during the most watched game of the year.
However, the league rejected the commercial because it used #PleaseStand and showed American service members saluting the flag.
The group’s National Commander Marion Polk highlighted the league’s hypocrisy in claiming the kneeling protests are free speech, while simultaneously denying the free speech of veterans who actually fought for that right.
“Freedom of speech works both ways. We respect the rights of those who choose to protest, as these rights are precisely what our members have fought – and in many cases – died for, but imposing corporate censorship to deny that same right to those veterans who have secured it for us all is reprehensible and totally beyond the pale,” Polk declared.
.@AMVETSHQ will NOT tolerate the @NFL refusing #Veteran right to free speech. We fought for it! #PleaseStand #SuperBowl pic.twitter.com/NARbC5zKuE
— Marion Polk (@AMVETSNatlCmdr) January 22, 2018