Tenn. Valley Businessman Pulls NFL TV Ads Following Protests
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) — A Tennessee Valley businessman is taking his own stand against the recent NFL national anthem protests.
Cleveland, Tennessee entrepreneur Allan Jones is pulling ads for his companies, Check Into Cash, Buy Here Pay Here USA, and U.S. Money Shops, off of all NFL games.
He says the companies will not condone any unpatriotic behavior demonstrated by the NFL.
“I definitely believe it is his right to pull the ads for his company during the NFL games, and I agree with him,” said Flintstone, Georgia resident Mindy Haworth.
In response to his decision, Jones texted News 12 this comment, saying in part, “They have the right to protest, and I have the right to turn off the channel and place our ads elsewhere.”
“If he doesn’t want to be apart of, I consider, disrespecting our national emblem, I don’t think he should be apart of it,” said Robert Long, Lookout Mountain, Georgia resident. “I think this has gotten really blown out of proportion. They’ve lost sight of what it was originally about. The flag is for Americans. It’s the standard for everybody. It’s not just for one or the other. It’s for everybody.”
Some residents tell News 12 they believe what the football players are doing is disrespectful.
“There’s a different platform that they can voice their opinions, instead of disrespecting the standards of the United States,” Long said.
Others, however, say this has all been blown out of proportion.
“I’m with the athletes. They have a right,” said Chattanooga resident Ted Caldwell. “That’s what the flag is about, and frankly, I think they are respecting the flag and what it stands for through peaceful protest.”
In the end, some residents say the players should just stick to football.
“There is a disparity between the multimillionaire billionaire athletes, claiming that they’re being discriminated against, and their fan base, who goes and pays to see them play, and wants to sort’ve leave politics at the door and just enjoy a sporting event, I think it’s becoming a bit much, and they’re going to lose a lot of their fan base,” Haworth said.
Here is Jones’ full statement to News 12:
“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 ask 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!
“If you will research why Francis Scott Key wrote the Star Spangled Banner you will realize why I am upset about these NFL players protesting. They don’t even know what it is they are protesting.
“The flag was still standing. 200 English ships tried to take it down. They kept it up all night and it could only be seen when the bombs were bursting in the air. So many patriots gave their lives to keep the flag up – and now to have people protesting who don’t have a clue about any of this bothers me.
“Please research Key’s motivation for writing his famous song and you will see why I’m upset that the protesters don’t have a clue.”