Wednesday, January 24, 2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Leavenworth, Kansas — January 24, 2018 — The NFL has rejected an advertisement from AMVETS requesting that viewers respectfully stand during our national anthem.
“Like most Kansans, I love the sport of football,” said Tyler Tannahill, a Marine veteran and candidate for Congress from the second district. “My brother is a former K-State football player and played in the NFL, but I can’t sit by while an organization disrespects our country and our veterans.”
Tannahill joined the Marines after 9/11, serving in Iraq & Afghanistan. He is a veterans advocate, and served as a military advisor for Congressman Yoder.
The AMVETS organization was approved to air the ad during NBA games and NHL games, but was refused a Super Bowl spot for their ad, featuring the hashtag #PleaseStand.
“I served in the Marine Corps, and I know the sacrifice made by those who fight under that flag,” said Tannahill. “I call on the NFL today to reverse this decision and allow our military veterans to have a voice.”
The NFL supported protests against the national anthem throughout the season and has been suffering lower ratings due to their political stance.
“I stand for our flag because I know what it stands for,” said Tannahill. “We send men and women to war to defend that flag, and most Americans stand with our military and our veterans. I wish the NFL would do the same.”
For more information on the advertisement, visit this Military.com article.