The backlash against the NFL for refusing to stand for the national anthem has begun in earnest, as life-long fans are now posting videos of themselves burning all the jackets, caps, blankets and memorabilia from their favorite teams.
Robert L. Williams, a master electrician in North Texas, said, “I love this country, I love what it stands for, I love the flag, and I love WHY we are Americans. Today, my team, Pittsburg Steelers, decided they need to keep themselves in the locker room.”
He snatched up a $450 Pittsburg Steelers leather jacket, threw it on a grill, and said, “Watch me burn it!” Then he added more to the pile, including all his Steelers sweaters and hats.
“We have morals in this country! We stand for this country! My great-uncle’s bones are lying [at] the bottom of Pearl Harbor … for this country, for the flag, for your freedom to play in the NFL, and to say whatever you want to say. But you do NOT disrespect the flag, and the country and the Constitution,” he declared with emotion in his voice.
“So, watch this stuff burn,” Williams said, as he poured lighter fuel on the fire and set it ablaze.
“You’re NOT going to disrespect each and every veteran who DIED so that we could stay free!” Williams said, adding, “You’ve crossed the line!”
“Jim” said he is a veteran of the United States Marine Corp who served in Beirut in 1983-1984; his wife is a Marine Corp veteran (1988-1992) who served in Desert Storm. “I’m a life-long Steelers fan, but not anymore,” he said. “I’m going to burn everything I have and never watch you again.”
He started throwing his Steelers gear in the fire, including gifts his children had given him: hats, flags, banners, bumper stickers, posters, and a large Steelers blanket. “You don’t care about the veterans!” he said, adding, “I’m done with you. Goodbye, Pittsburgh Steelers.”
U.S. Marine veteran Rodney Heard posted a video on his Facebook page Monday morning, saying, “I support the flag and am so grateful for the people that gave their lives for it!!!!”
In the video, he stood before a firepit with his Colts season-tickets in hand and said he has always been a huge NFL fan and wished he could have played in the NFL. “Instead I went into the Marine Corp. I served my country, my grandfathers served our country … both served in World War II. A lot of people fought and died for that flag, and to disrespect it yesterday like you did? I’m done,” he stated.
Heard said he thought about giving away his tickets or selling them, but instead, “I’m making my own sacrifice and standing up for what I believe.” He chucked them in the fire and walked away, an NFL fan no more.
More videos are provided below, as one by one, disgusted military veterans and patriots tell their stories and throw their NFL paraphernalia to the flames.
Based on this sampling, there may be a lot of empty seats at NFL games this season.
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