Keep the pressure ON!!!
The New Orleans Saints invited retired Navy Commander John Wells to Sunday’s game, where he would receive a Peoples Health Champion Award, which the Saints give old people who do good deeds. Wells is executive director of Military Veterans Advocacy in Slidell, Louisiana.
“I am unable, in good conscience, to enter an NFL stadium while this discourtesy prevails,” Wells wrote to executives of Peoples Health and the Saints.
Wells called the award “tainted with dishonorable actions” by the NFL and its players. He said accepting the award would be hypocritical.
“I had hoped and prayed that the NFL would outlaw these disgraceful protests and wanted to give the commissioner and the owners a fair opportunity to do so. Their failure to act is a slap in the face to all of those who have served in uniform. Men and women have fought and died for the flag that the players are disrespecting,” he said.
Management for the Saints said the team respects his decision and that “he has that right, and we thank him for his service to our country and his past efforts on behalf of the military and veterans.”
“We will not allow Mr. Wells’ decision and subsequent media appearances to distract our players and organization from continuing to honor and support our military and veterans. We, as an organization, have decided to move on from this sad and divisive discourse and focus our attention on supporting our military and veterans.”
It’s a “sad and divisive discourse” because the NFL made it an issue.
No one in management had the intelligence or integrity to stand up to the 300-pound bullies who are disrespecting the flag and the nation.
Trying to buy off a man of Commander Wells’s stature with a phony medallion won’t work.