Proposed NFL Boycott Over Veterans Day Weekend Is Picking up Steam

By Victoria Taft

September 28, 2017

INJOThe NFL ratings are down. They’ve been down since former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick donned his anti-police “pig” socks and declared, "I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color.”

And when some NFL players — including entire teams — last weekend took a knee during the national anthem and presentation of the flag for what the league called “unity,” many Americans said “bye,” according to a poll conducted by the Remington Research Group.

Sustaining boycotts is a tough sell. Many times, they become part of the white noise in the background and are forgotten.

But plans for a two-day Nov. 12-13 NFL boycott — Veterans Day weekend and Monday night — are animating those on social media and seems to be picking up steam.

Such a short time span may entice those upset over the kneelers to engage in a show of force to telegraph to the league that disrespecting the flag and national anthem are odious ways of making a political statement.

A lot of people said they’d heard about the boycotts from social media. There are the Sunday and Monday boycotts.

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