ATLANTA (January 31, 2018) | Senator David Shafer (R – Duluth) today introduced Senate Resolution 673 denouncing the National Football League (NFL) for its censorship of a Super Bowl ad by the veterans organization AMVETS.
“I was skeptical when NFL officials tried to justify the organized disrespect for our flag by citing free speech,” Shafer said. “But their shabby treatment of AMVETS exposes the hypocrisy of that excuse. When America’s veterans try to exercise their free speech, the NFL has no problem telling them to sit down and shut up.”
SR 673 “denounces the National Football League for its hypocritical actions to silence the AMVETS National Service Foundation and suppress its message that Americans should respectfully stand for the Flag and National Anthem of the United States of America.”
AMVETS is a Congressionally chartered veterans service organization founded in 1944. The AMVETS ad depicts a solider saluting the American Flag with the message #PleaseStand. The NFL refused to sell space to AMVETS in the official Super Bowl program, saying the ad was “political.”
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For Immediate Release:
January 31, 2018
Ines Owens, Director