Veterans Day weekend highlights National Football League protests

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During Veteran's Day weekend, military heroes in Revere gathered to deliberately turn off NFL games, and will continue as long as the league stops short of forbidding players from protesting racial inequality by taking a knee during the anthem.

The NFL Players Association had pleaded with players to observe a two-minute moment of silence before games to honor veterans.

Andy Barcellona tells News 12 New Jersey the idea grew as NFL players chose to kneel during the national anthem to protest racism and police brutality.

But the newspaper speculated that National Football League players may forgo their protests this weekend because of Veterans Day.

There have even been calls for boycotts of National Football League games and merchandise.

At least 22,000 people on Facebook have said they plan to boycott the games this week.

The president and other critics argued that the playing of the national anthem was the wrong time for protests, regardless of the reason, because the song represents USA national unity and respect for those who serve in the military.

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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell looks on before a game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium.

Gold Star mother Beverly Franklin said, "They need to know that it hurts us and it hurts my heart because it's not like they haven't been told". It, however, doesn't make a requirement for them to stand, the Times reported. While the protests may be a showing of disrespect for some, the National Football League is standing behind their players and supporting the rights that are guaranteed in one of the Constitution's most significant promises.

"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.

Many Eastern Shore residents are joining the boycott.

The NFL announced Saturday that there isn't going to be any change to its national anthem policy, despite an escalating boycott of games over Veterans Day weekend.

"Love it or hate it, the flag represents us all", Spagnola said.

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