NFL Rejects Commercial Urging People to Stand During National Anthem

Standing during the National Anthem has been a huge, controversial topic over the last year and it doesn't appear that anyone will ever agree. However, it appears that the NFL has taken a stance in support of those choosing not to stand.

A veterans group had been invited by the NFL to run an ad during the Super Bowl, but the ad has since been rejected. The commercial included a simple, two word message "#PleaseStand". According to the group's Commander, Marion Polk, "its a simple, polite request that represents the sentiment of our membership, particularly those whose missing or paralyzed limbs preclude standing".

The American Veterans group has since accused the NFL of censorship by rejecting the commercial. However, NFL spokeman, Brian McCarthy, stands by the decision to reject the commercial by stating that the Super Bowl "is designed for fans to commemorate and celebrate the game, players, teams, and the Super Bowl...Its never been a place for advertising that could be considered by some as a political statement".

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