Local attorney Dan Corbin has taken a pair of trips to National Football League games in recent years to watch the Dallas Cowboys in action.
That won’t be happening this year.
Corbin, a former Killeen mayor, said he believes hundreds of thousands of NFL fans are boycotting games because of the disrespectful message displayed by players, coaches, and team officials kneeling for the “Star Spangled Banner” and the flag.
“I am in my fifth week of not watching the NFL,” Corbin said Thursday. “I love the NFL, but it is disrespectful to the flag, the military and the country.”
Corbin has taken a bus load of people — about 40 each time — to Cowboys games on two occasions in the past.
“Veterans are saying ‘no, this is wrong’ and we don’t want to be a number in their rating system,” Corbin said. “Our voices will be heard.”
The former American Legion state president isn’t alone in this boycott.
A Facebook group is gaining steam with more than 20,000 people following “Boycott NFL.” The organization plans to boycott NFL games this weekend — Veterans Day weekend.
“We will be not be watching or listening to NFL games on Nov. 12 in solidarity with veterans around the country, as football players have continued to disrespect the national anthem, the American flag, and everything our nation stands for,” the group noted on its page.
The hashtag #BoycottNFL is also gaining popularity on Twitter.
A conservative group is encouraging Americans across the United States to show support for the flag and the national anthem on the upcoming Veterans Day weekend.
Main Street Patriots, based in Georgia, wants to send a message about the importance of standing and respecting the flag during NFL games, as players continue to kneel during the anthem in protest.
“I have watched professional football since the time there were two separate leagues — AFL and NFL in the late ’60s,” Debbie Dooley, co-founder of the group told Breitbart News. “Sports has always been an arena where we are united in support of our favorite teams. We are not Democrats or Republicans, we are simply fans. NFL players are seeking to change that by attempting to shove their political views down the throats of fans.”
The group is asking patriotic citizens across America to host or attend a “Flags Across America Rally,” during Veterans Day weekend.
Closer to home, a group not associated with the NFL boycott or Flags Across America Rally is holding a weeklong celebration of the American flag.
During the days surrounding Veterans Day 2017, the Rotary Club of Georgetown will host a Field of Honor display of 1,400 U.S. flags. A grassy field in San Gabriel Park amid centuries-old oaks will provide the setting for this panorama of red, white and blue. Themed “A Tribute to Service Above Self,” the formation of old glory will honor active-duty members, veterans, first responders and hometown heroes.
Click here for a full list of Veterans Day events in the Killeen area this weekend.
For more information, go to www.georgetowntxfieldofhonor.org.