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A Utah company is giving up its suite at Jazz games, citing the players’ decision to kneel during the national anthem. The company, Salt Lake County-based SME Steel Contractors, is asking the NBA franchise to “put a stop to all disrespectful actions during the anthem and remove the Black Lives Matter logo from the arena.”
“The recent actions of the NBA—including the owners, coaches and players of the Utah Jazz—have converted a beloved entertainment venue into a forum for dissemination of political propaganda which is divisive and completely out of step with our company and its values,” a Sept. 9 letter sent from Salt Lake County-based SME Steel Contractors to Jazz owner Gail Miller states.
The article goes on to state the following:
The NBA centered its July 30 restart around social justice, painting “Black Lives Matter” on its courts and allowing players to wear custom messages on their jerseys, including “Anti-Racist” and “Say Their Names.” Jazz players kneeled during the national anthem before the first game of the restart, prompting a statement of support from the franchise, which stressed its commitment to “advancing social justice.”
Founded in 1992, SME Steel Contractors is one of the largest fabricators and erectors of structural steel in the United States. They said they had licensed their JAZZ suite for 28 years, and have paid about $6 million in ticket sales and at least $1 million for food and beverages. Now they’re washing their hands of all of it.
In their letter, SME said their disappointment over the NBA season being delayed by the coronavirus pandemic was nothing compared to the “feelings we experienced when NBA games restarted on what appears to be a billboard for the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement.”
SME voiced it’s outrage that “pampered and exceptionally well-paid athletes cavalierly exercise their freedom bought for them through the courage and sacrifice of this nation’s servicemen and women by disrespectfully kneeling during the country’s anthem” and said they are ignoring “true heroes like Chris Kyle and Pat Tillman” while promoting “names and tributes for felons.”
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A construction firm, which is giving up its suite at Utah Jazz games, skewered the @NBA in a letter for allowing players to kneel during the national anthem: “True heroes like Chris Kyle and Pat Tillman go unnoticed.”
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— Free Beacon (@FreeBeacon) September 23, 2020
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