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.

jsteers@kdhnews.com | 254-501-7464

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eyewatchingu

I also agree with Mr. Corbin. In my household we have not turned on the games at all.
Now after what the NAACP in CA is trying to do, I will not watch football again!
If you have not heard:
Remove ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ as national anthem, California NAACP urges
By Alexei Koseff
akoseff@sacbee.com

November 07, 2017 1:07 PM
When California lawmakers return to the Capitol in January, the state chapter of the NAACP will be seeking their support for a campaign to remove “The Star-Spangled Banner” as the national anthem.
The organization last week began circulating among legislative offices two resolutions that passed at its state conference in October: one urging Congress to rescind “one of the most racist, pro-slavery, anti-black songs in the American lexicon” as the national anthem, and another in support of former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who launched a protest movement against police brutality among professional athletes by kneeling when “The Star-Spangled Banner” was played before games.
“We owe a lot of it to Kaepernick,” California NAACP President Alice Huffman said. “I think all this controversy about the knee will go away once the song is removed.”

This has just gone to far, this is no longer anything to do with race. It is about destroying our country from the fabric she was create with.
We have allowed way to many one race groups far to long, that now it has become like a child with a cookie jar that has never been told no. It is no longer benefitting any one. It has now become a destructive behavioral problem that is now harming others.
We are all Americans, and we as Americans have grown to a point that we no longer need the NAACP or any other all one race group. We have forgotten that America is a mixing pot and in the pot we do not have room for self segregation.
In stead we should not be looking at ourselves in the mirror and thinking of ourselves as a color, we should instead be looking the mirror and saying we are American.
We have been down the road of segregation once before, and I damn well will not allow it to happen by any race. I myself will no longer allow any one to label me as a racist because they themselves are self haters and can not come to the table with a true argument. Instead of resorting to labeling someone when they do not agree.

It is sad to see a sport of any type used for the political gain of a small minded one race agenda group.

AT lest I can still watch baseball, just cant wear my teams colors and emblems because sadly like many other sports team they have been taken and used for gang symbols.

Alvin

This is the personal opinion of this writer.

In this I stand with the past mayor of the city of Killeen. There is nothing I abhor more than someone or some people that disrespects our country, our national anthem, or the Flag of our country. A flag in which hundreds of thousands of our forefather fought, and died for and do not want it to be disgraced in this manor.

Football is a game that I've enjoyed even before the advent of an AFC, when they wore leather football helmets. The players of the NFL in that day were professional, were gentlemen, men that you could look up to as a guide in which to live your life, but I'm sorry to say that is not the question anymore.

I've stopped watching NFL football for that very reason. Football is a game in which football players have no business displaying, in any form, of disrespect to the national anthem, the American flag, and everything our nation stands for. Stand up when the national anthem is played/sang as it is a symbol of just what our country is and has been for over 200 years now. It is my opinion that any form of display by the NFL or it's players or coaches should be just cause for a player, a team, or a league to be penalized for any display of any kind on the field while representing their team. This is a game and should not be used as a platform in which some person or persons can use that platform for political injustice of any person, race, creed, or against any form of social injustice. That is not what this game is/should be about. Stand and be counted NFL owners or this game will go down in ashes.

This has been the personal opinion of this writer and nothing shall be used, in context or without or changed in any way without first notifying, and receiving explicit approval from this writer.
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