CLEVELAND, Tennessee (WDEF) – Cleveland entrepreneur Allan Jones is taking action on the NFL anthem protests.
He is pulling all adds for his companies, Check Into Cash, Buy Here Pay Here USA, and U.S. Money Shops off of all NFL games.
Hardwick Clothes will also institute an NFL ban.
A couple of years ago, the company provided suits for NBC announcers for Sunday Night Football.
On Wednesday, the Cleveland millionaire texted us this comment on his decision.
“When I see Colin Kaepernick lecturing the ‘oppressed’ wearing a Fidel Castro T shirt, you realize the hypocrisy to this stupidity. I love America. They have the right to protest and I have the right to turn off the channel and place our ads elsewhere. The next time someone asks the public to finance a stadium, this will have a very long term effect. These guys should really be the lead plaintiffs in the head injury cases-that’s the only jury that will find sympathy!”
FLOWERY BRANCH — Falcons coach Dan Quinn said the team will lock arms during the national anthem and will encourage the fans to do the same before they play the Bills on Sunday.
“For us, we will lock arms together during that time, and we would encourage our fans to do the same,” Quinn said Wednesday. “I think that would be kind of a nice tribute as we’re getting started. It’s an important time in our world. There are a lot of issues that are really important to talk about, and we’ll spend some time and we have as a team talking through some of those.”
Most of the Falcons, along with owner Arthur Blank, stood and locked arms during the singing of the national anthem before they played the Lions in Detroit on Sunday.
Defensive tackles Grady Jarrett and Dontari Poe knelt. Several other players stood alone off to the right at attention.
“For us, you know how many things we do together as a group and that would seem appropriate for us,” Quinn said.
He expects all of the team to stand and participate. He said he spoke with Jarrett and Poe, but would not reveal if they requested that they stand or if they were ordered to stand.
“No, we don’t,” said Quinn when asked if he expects any of the Falcons to kneel. “The solidarity … and I think it’s interesting to note … by no means was it ever a protest of the anthem. This weekend was a difficult weekend that showed I’m pissed about something, or I’m upset and I want to react in a certain way.”
Quinn said he never foresaw that he would be organizing a protest as a head coach in the NFL.
“As you go through different things, sometimes there’s history that gets written right while we’re going through it, and this is one of those times,” Quinn said. “How do we handle those situations in the very best way?
“What’s fortunate is that we live in an area where civil rights had a pretty strong foundation on our country for years and years and years, and we’re really honored to be here and to be a part of this as a team … and our best way to show how solid we are is by showing everything that we do as a group.”
One of Quinn’s major projects since taking over the Falcons has been to get the team to bond. He moved lockers around and broke up the offensive and defensive players. They often refer to their closeness as “The Brotherhood.”
“You’ve heard me say that I wish the rest of the world could see our locker room, and to understand that Matt Ryan, who grew up in West Chester, Pa., and Julio Jones, who grew up in Foley, Ala., they didn’t grow up on the same block,” Quinn said. “I wish they could see how tight they are, and the friendship that they share.
“Although Matt can’t understand and hasn’t lived some of the same experiences, he wants to support players and teammates like crazy, and I really admire that about our team. We come from all walks, different spots, different groups and we recognize those differences with each other.”
The team has discussed its diversity in team meetings.
“We talked about it in the team meeting today, where I talked about Matt Ryan and Devonta Freeman, who grew up in Liberty City, Fla., it couldn’t be the same, but what I can tell you is how connected they are and the love that they have for one another,” Quinn said. “I think that’s really important for the rest of the country to see how it can be, and I often have told how close this group is. . . and the way they connect on the field. It’s a real brotherhood that they have, and it’s an example of what it can be.
“I always think they provide such a unique example for so many people. I’m really proud of who they are.”
He wasn’t surprised that Poe and Jarrett knelt during the anthem as a reaction to President Donald Trump referring to NFL players who knelt as “son of bitches.”
“There was a lot of people that felt a certain way over the weekend, and that’s OK,” Quinn said. “It’s OK to have those feelings and have those emotions. How can we best show what we can be and provide the best example for our community in lots of ways?
“I think there were lots of ways, some real reactions this weekend, and that showed all through the country. You guys were witnesses to it, too, but the best way we generally can show that is to do it together.”
BY JEFF NOWAK | Jnowak@theadvocate.com Sep 27, 2017 - 10:20 am
If a Facebook "like" is currency, many NFL teams saw their stock drop over the past several days.
Of the NFL's 32 teams, 28 saw a marked decrease in fan following on their team Facebook pages. The drop came after increased, leaguewide demonstrations during the national anthem in Week 3 prompted by several rebukes from President Donald Trump.
Many teams had players lock arms or raise their fists while the anthem was performed. One or more players on 18 different teams took a knee; players on five teams sat on the bench; and three entire teams remained in the locker room.
BY THE NUMBERS
Total Facebook following of NFL teams: More than 100 million Top 5 drops in following: Steelers, Saints, Ravens, Seahawks, Broncos Teams who gained followers: Cowboys, Cardinals, Eagles, Texans No team lost more than 0.48 percent of total following Saints lost 13,300 followers total Saints followers lost accounted for 0.33 percent of 4,030,000 Saints following is down a total of 32,000 year-over-year 24 teams have increased their following year-over-year Aggregate following across teams up 1,939,800 year-over year
In all, the audience among team Facebook pages decreased by 88,610, according to data compiled by Crowdtangle, a tool that tracks social media trends and analytics. All data is representative of figures accurate as of Sept. 26.
The three teams that did not take the field — the Pittsburgh Steelers (other than former Army Ranger Alejandro Villanueva), Seattle Seahawks and Tennessee Titans — saw some of the most precipitous drops.
GRAPHIC: HOW EACH NFL TEAM DEMONSTRATED DURING ANTHEM
In the two days following the protests (Sept. 25 and 26), the Steelers lost a total of 17,400 followers, the most of any team, and the Seahawks' total fell by 10,200. The Titans lost 4,100 followers, which represented the second highest percentage of their relative total of any team.
The New Orleans Saints saw the second-highest drop of 13,300 over the two-day span (5,100 on Sept. 25 and 8,200 the next day). The totals for most of the 28 teams dwarfed the attrition totals for recent months. For the Saints, their next highest total of followers lost in a single day was on Sept. 16 with 384.
Saints players Cameron Jordan and Drew Brees have said they've been working on a symbol of unity ahead of their Week 4 game against the Dolphins in London.
Report: All Patriots To Stand For National Anthem Against Panthers September 27, 2017 8:21 AM
BOSTON (CBS) — Just one week after many members of the Patriots kneeled during the national anthem, a new report indicates that they will all stand together as a team next time out.
A league source told CSNNE’s Gary Tanguay on Tuesday that all Patriots players will stand during the national anthem before next Sunday’s game against the Carolina Panthers at Gillette Stadium. Many stood and interlocked their arms during the anthem last Sunday before the game against the Texans, while a large portion kneeled.
Teams across the league had similar demonstrations last Sunday, which were mostly a response to controversial comments made by President Donald Trump about NFL players who sit or kneel during the national anthem. The president described such players as ‘sons of bitches’ during a rally in Alabama last Friday, also declaring that they should be fired for doing so.
The Jackson chapter of the NAACP plans to ask local high school and college football players to take a knee at their next game, leaders said Tuesday.
President Donald Trump on Sunday called for fans to boycott NFL games unless the league takes action against players who choose to kneel during the national anthem. Advertisement
Following a weekend of kneeling and protesting across the NFL, the Cowboys and their owner displayed their own version of unity Monday night by kneeling on the field before rising as a group before the playing of the national anthem.
Jackson State University head football coach Tony Hughes, who is a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, said he has spoken to his team about the controversy.
If Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers have their way, fans at Lambeau Field on Thursday night will make a statement during the national anthem, taking the show of unity into the stands and continuing on-the-field demonstrations that took place at games across the country into the NFL’s fourth week of games.
Rodgers, who stood for the anthem and linked arms with his teammates Sunday before the Packers’ game against the Bengals at Lambeau Field, hopes fans will emulate him and the team in what he says is a show of unity, “starting a conversation around something that may be a little bit uncomfortable for people” Thursday night at the stadium, which seats 81,441.
“This is about equality,” Rodgers said Tuesday (via ESPN.com’s Rob Demovsky). “This is about unity and love and growing together as a society and starting a conversation around something that may be a little bit uncomfortable for people.
“But we’ve got to come together and talk about these things and grow as a community, as a connected group of individuals in our society, and we’re going to continue to show love and unity, and this week we’re going to ask the fans to join in as well and come together and show people that we can be connected and we can grow together.”
Packers tight end Lance Kendricks said the idea to get fans involved came from Packers tight end Martellus Bennett, whose brother, the Seattle Seahawks’ Michael Bennett, allegedly was assaulted by Las Vegas police after the Conor McGregor-Floyd Mayweather fight last month.
“Aaron spoke first,” Kendricks said of the Packers’ team meeting, “and he kind of laid it out and laid out the fact that he’s on our side and he understands the message being conveyed and trying to get across. And then Marty wrote a statement, and in the statement he said we’re going to lock arms and he’s going to challenge the fans to lock arms as well, so it kind of puts them in a position where it’s like, ‘Look, you’re either going to unite with us or you’re not.’ I think that’s really cool, because it puts them in a position where it’s like now we’re talking to you, so you make a decision, peacefully make a decision.”
Later Tuesday night, the Packers furthered Rodgers’s comments, saying in the statement that coaches and staff would join them.
“Those of us joining arms on Thursday will be different in so many ways, but one thing that binds us together is that we are all individuals who want to help make our society, our country and our world a better place,” the players said in part in the statement. “We believe that in diversity there can be UNI-versity. Intertwined, we represent the many people who helped build this country, and we are joining together to show that we are ready to continue to build.
“Let’s work together to build a society that is more fair and just.”
The demonstrations during the national anthem, which ranged from players linking arms to taking a knee to the Cowboys taking a knee and then standing with arms linked for the song, took place in stadiums across the country in response to President Trump calling any player who kneels during the anthem to raise awareness of social injustice and police brutality a “son of a bitch.” Trump went on to urge owners to fire or suspend those players.
Rogers has supported Colin Kaepernick, who started the anthem protests in the summer of 2016, telling ESPN that he thinks Kaepernick is being blackballed by owners. “I think he should be on a roster right now,” he said. “I think because of his protests, he’s not.”
In that interview, Rodgers explained to Mina Kimes the evolution of his thinking. He intends to stand for the anthem “because that’s the way I feel about the flag — but I’m also 100 percent supportive of my teammates or any fellow players who are choosing not to,” he says. “They have a battle for racial equality. That’s what they’re trying to get a conversation started around.”
Indeed, that was Kaepernick’s purpose, as he stated from the beginning. The protest wasn’t directed at the military; rather, it was to raise awareness of other issues. He may not be on a team now, but he started a locker room conversation and has increased awareness among players.
“I think the best way I can say this is: I don’t understand what it’s like to be in that situation. What it is to be pulled over, or profiled, or any number of issues that have happened, that Colin was referencing — or any of my teammates have talked to me about,” Rodgers told Kimes. “But I know it’s a real thing my black teammates have to deal with.”
Amid a string of tweets disparaging NFL players for staging protests during the national anthem, President Trump retweeted another user’s post that invoked former NFL star Pat Tillman, who became an Army Ranger after 9/11 and was killed by friendly fire in Afghanistan in 2004. But while Trump endorsed the message that honoring Tillman should encourage athletes and others to “stand for our anthem,” Tillman’s widow strongly took issue with it.
“Pat’s service, along with that of every man and woman’s service, should never be politicized in a way that divides us,” Marie Tillman said, in comments relayed to CNN’s Brian Stelter. “We are too great of a country for that.”
Three days after NFL players locked arms to protest President Trump's criticisms of those who kneel during the National Anthem, the topic remained on the minds of many around the league.
Players and coaches took podiums during the NFL's weekly media day to field questions about the protests and whether they'll demonstrate again this weekend. Trump, meanwhile, continued to hammer the league for its handling of the protests.
"The NFL is in a very bad box. You cannot have people disrespecting our national anthem, our flag, our country. And in my opinion, the NFL has to change or you know what's going to happen. In my opinion, their business is going to go to hell," Trump said outside the White House.
Here is what some players and coaches had to say Wednesday:
Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin
"If an American can't air their grievances to the republic for which it stands, then where can they air their grievances? And when you have the President of our country basically saying, 'I don't want to hear your protest, I don't want to hear your grievances,' then I think that's where we have the challenge."
Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman
"Our President gets into the 'we' and 'them' kind of conversations and, you know, sometimes you wonder, who's 'we' and who's 'them'?"
Sherman added, "I think when you're the President of the United States and you're talking about fellow Americans, you always have to say 'we' ... or you become divisive."
Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy
The coach said he would stand with his players in locked arms ahead of the Packers' "Thursday Night Football" showdown against division rival the Chicago Bears.
"I was proud of the players. .... They've put a lot of time and energy and thought into it. They've met. They've had a chance to discuss, each and every guy, to express his opinions. I think, like anything in life, you're never going to have everybody feel 100% the same way, but it's just something we talk about a lot as a football team. I always want to make sure that the why -- why are we doing this -- is explained. And you want them to have the opportunity to disagree... And I think this is an example of that. So the process that they've gone through, I'm proud of them. Their approach is one of a positive nature, and that's definitely the preference. So, locking arms and honoring the flag I think is a very good thing."
New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees
"Certainly, I respect the cause and I think what you saw last weekend was a direct result of the President's comments. Unfortunately, he put all black and minority athletes into a corner and forced them to take action... I don't blame the guys for feeling like they needed to do something as a reaction to that.
"We want to find something that we can do together that shows unity and not division ... how can we do that in a respectful manner?"
New Orleans Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan
"It was like, 'Hey, you were sitting down for the National Anthem.' Of course I was, of course I'm in complete solidarity with the entire movement. But as I'm sitting my hand is on my heart, as I'm sitting my eyes are searching for the flag, as I'm sitting I'm singing as I have done every time for as long as I remember. At the end of the National Anthem I'm still kissing the flag ... that being said, it all starts with wanting to bring to light everything we have to go through."
Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy
"See the type of words, things (Trump's) saying about us, I mean, it just got to me. It really did. Every week will be different. We talk about being together as a country, so it's the same thing with this team, we want to be together. And it's ok to express your feelings a different way, but I don't want to make it where every week we're addressing this, every practice we're addressing this, taking away from our job."
Buffalo Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor
"We've got to keep talking about it. One thing we're going to do here is continue to support the players. Like I said last week, after the game, we believe in love and equality so if guys want to keep doing that then we're going to support them, but we can't let that take away from our focus from this week's game. ... Last week was kind of a special moment because the President had said something two days before a game. But like I said, we can't let that take away from our focus this week on the football game."
Baltimore Ravens safety Eric Weddle
"A lot of guys on this team were affected a great deal with what our President said, emotionally. And for a guy on this team that loves my teammates, it was hard to see. I was affected, but a lot of guys were ... it wasn't a good sight to see."
Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco
"Nobody's trying to pick sides. We're trying to stand by each other as brothers. ... Obviously there's a big time African-American influence in the NFL and those guys want to show support for their communities. And that doesn't mean they're picking sides. It just means they're showing support for their communities, just like any of us would, and our message is to stand by everybody on the team in unity and respect each other."
Baltimore Ravens tight end Benjamin Watson
"We've talked about it as a team. We love each other in that locker room. We support each other in that locker room. That's a few days from now. Right now we're focused on the Steelers, as we should be, preparing for them. And when that time comes, just know that we always support each other with whatever we do. "
Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh
"I understand that there are injustices in our country and across the world. Our players understand that as well, but it's really important to make it clear that our players have great respect and great appreciation for the military, for the police, for the first responders that give so much to all of us every single day."
Filmmaker and activist Spike Lee said Trump supporters "will be on the wrong side of history" on CNN Wednesday night:
ANDERSON COOPER, CNN: The other criticism I heard from some supporters of the president on our program the other night was that a lot of the players now is they weren't doing it when Colin Kaepernick was doing it. He was pretty much out of in the wilderness for a long time. He's paid a price. But now they are doing this because it is against the president. Do you think it is an anti-Trump sentiment that is making some players lock arms?
SPIKE LEE, FILMMAKER: No, I think it is a combination of both things. And when he says -- he was really telling the owners like owners are the plantation owners and the guys playing in the league you know they're on the plantation, you can't say anything. And so the thing is really escalated. And then I get back to it, when you talk about somebody's mother, that's a no-no. And he has not apologized...
Did he talk about the mothers of the neo-Nazis, the alt-right? The KKK, those guys, the crazy people in Charlottesville?