Roger Goodell Defends Decision To Ban AMVETS Super Bowl Ad, Claims League Has Done Enough To Honor Military


NFL commissioner Roger Goodell defended the league's decision not to run an ad from AMVETS during the Super Bowl, citing the ad's political nature and echoing the league's bizarre claim that politics has no place in the NFL's single largest game of the year, and that the NFL has already done enough to honor veterans.
American Veterans had submitted an ad to the NFL: a 30-second spot celebrating the military's contributions and asking players who are currently kneeling in protest of the national anthem to "Please Stand." The NFL rejected the ad, citing a policy that prevents the league from airing political material during commercial breaks.
The league has used the rule before, to prevent pro-life ads from running during the big game.
The NFL's vice president defended the move earlier this week to the Daily Caller, claiming that “The Super Bowl game program is designed for fans to commemorate and celebrate the game, players, teams and the Super Bowl,” and that “It’s never been a place for advertising that could be considered by some as a political statement.”
Certainly political statements haven't been allowed during the commercial segment of the game, but the NFL has been very tolerant of political statements made during and before NFL games all season. Even as viewership dropped dramatically, the NFL stood by players who chose to kneel on the sidelines during pre-game festivities, claiming that the league had the utmost respect for players' political commentary.
Now Goodell is also claiming that they've done enough to honor vets.
“It’s not an indication of any lack of support,” Goodell told media after being questioned about the AMVETS ad. “We have a VFW ad that talks about, celebrates the important work that our veterans are doing, and of course you all know we’re going to have 15 Medal of Honor winners that we’re bringing together at the Super Bowl, which I think is the largest number of Medal of Honor winners ever brought together at any event other than their annual national gathering.”
That's good enough, apparently.

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