Posted October 04, 2017 at 07:16 PM | Updated October 04, 2017 at 07:18 PM
By Sophie Nieto-Munoz & Craig Turpin | For NJ Advance Media
Reactions to a national controversy
San Francisco 49ers safety Eric Reid (35) and quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) kneel during the national anthem before an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Rams in Santa Clara, Calif. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP Photo)
A New Jersey car dealer’s decision to pull his ads from NFL games shown by two local cable companies gained national attention on Tuesday, a demonstration that ongoing protests by players during the national anthem continues to capture Americans attention.
So far, only a handful of advertisers have pulled out of NFL broadcasts, and all but one are local advertisers. Including Steve Kalafer, owner of Flemington Car & Truck Country in New Jersey, the others are a car dealership in Colorado that pulled their ad featuring Broncos linebacker Von Miller, an entrepreneur whose companies include a suit maker and a check-cashing franchise, and an Ohio gubernatorial candidate.
While the impact of these departures on the NFL’s bottom line will be small in comparison to the millions spent on ads by national brands, the league, owners and players continue to work toward a plan on how to handle the protests going forward.
Kap takes a knee
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) warms up before the game against the Green Bay Packers at Levi’s Stadium on Aug. 26, 2016. (Kyle Terada | USA TODAY Sports)
While quarterback Colin Kaepernick first took to a knee in protest in August of 2016, by this summer he was out of the NFL and the controversy surrounding had died down. That is until President Donald Trump went after the NFL and its players in a stump speech in Alabama for a senate candidate.
That sparked hundreds of players to protest in the same fashion before or during the national anthem. Trump took to Twitter to hit back, and, in response, the players continued to protest.
Formulating a plan about the protests
Dallas Cowboys players and staff including owner Jerry Jones and head coach Jason Garrett all take a knee before the singing of the National Anthem prior to the start of a game against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium Monday, Sept. 25, 2017 in Glendale, Ariz. (Vernon Bryant | Dallas Morning News | TNS)
The NFL and players’ representatives continued to talk on Tuesday about the protests, but there remains no plan between the league and players, according to the Washington Post.
Still, the Post reported, the talks have been “positive and constructive,” and have included discussions on ways the NFL can support player’s
NFL and its players continued to talk about ways it can support players activism on and off the field.
Cleveland businessman drops ads
Scott Galvin | USA Today Sports
A Cleveland business man dropped his advertisements from NFL broadcasts due to the “unpatriotic behavior demonstrated” and disrespect to the country’s forefathers. Allan Jones said although this may not mean much to the NFL, removing commercials for Check Into Cash, Buy Here Pay Here USA and U.S. Money Shops from the 29 states means a lot to his advertising firm.
The decision stemmed from Colin Kaepernick’s Fidel Castro t-shirt, the Cleveland Daily Banner reported. Jones has been to Cuba, and said for Kaepernick to talk about the oppressed while supporting Castro is “insanity.”