NFL Says There's 'No Change' in Anthem Policy for Veterans Day


As part of Veterans Day observances this weekend, the Jeannette and Lower Burrell veterans organizations will boycott the Pittsburgh Steelers game Sunday.

But on Sunday, there seemed to be a shift in behavior and attitude toward the national anthem for Veterans Day weekend.

Groups representing veterans across the country have previously boycotted games after some NFL players knelt during the national anthem in protest of police brutality.

"Tried and true football fans, the guys who come in week after week with their Jaguar jerseys on and their Steelers jerseys on, they've even said, 'Hey, we're going to come out and support your event because it's a much bigger picture than just some football game, '" Johnson said.

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The protests broadened across the league in September, after President Donald Trump told an Alabama crowd that any player protesting during the anthem should be removed from the field. During a meeting of NFL owners earlier in October, Houston Texans owner Bob McNair said "we can't have the inmates running the prison", referring to player demonstrations during the national anthem. "We don't have a problem with them protesting".

Boycott the National Football League, a Facebook page with more than 227,000 followers, has called on supporters to tune out Sunday's games "in solidarity with veterans around the country", while the conservative watchdog group 2ndVote asked fans to "stiff-arm the National Football League".

"It's our statement against the disrespect for the flag and disrespect for the country", said Terry Scheftic, 66, of Lower Burrell, and officer and historian of the club.

"Until millionaire football players stop protesting the national anthem of the United States, we'll be here", the Facebook page states.