The string of national anthem protests during NFL games has infuriated millions of Americans and may have tainted the NFL’s reputation for good.
While many companies have pulled their sponsorships, some still continue to support the NFL despite the anti-American protests during games.
And one company who continues to side with the Black Lives Matter extremists just got some bad news from police officers.
Ford created a major stir last month when they not just refused to cancel their sponsorship with the NFL, but instead doubled down in their support of the protests.
In a statement in September, a Ford spokesman stated:
“We respect individuals’ rights to express their views, even if they are not ones we share. That’s part of what makes America great.”
Ford’s statement did not sit well with many law enforcement officers who clearly have a different idea of what makes America great.
Sheriff Julian Whittington of Bossier Parish, Louisiana was so furious that he put out an announcement declaring that his department will no longer purchase Ford vehicles until the NFL demands its players “show proper respect for the nation’s colors.”
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As reported by the Shreveport Times:
“Bossier Parish Sheriff Julian Whittington said his office will no longer purchase Ford products after the automaker expressed support for National Football League players’ right to kneel in protest during the national anthem.
In a letter to Hixson Ford of Alexandria on Wednesday, Whittington said “recent events surrounding the NFL, its players and their audacity to thumb their collective noses at the American flag, the American military, as well as their obvious disdain for the profession of law enforcement in general, forces me to take a stand.”
Some NFL players began kneeling or sitting during the national anthem during the 2016 season, following the lead of former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” Kaepernick said when asked to explain his protest, according to NFL.com.
The protests have continued through the start of the 2017 season.”
Losing the business of the Bossier Parish Sherriff’s department is bad news for Ford, but especially for its local dealership.
According to the Shreveport Times, the Bossier Parish Sherriff’s Office has spent roughly $747,000 on purchases from Ford in 2016-2017 alone.
While Ford corporate seems to love siding with Black Lives Matter, the owner of the local Ford dealership sure doesn’t.
The owner, Dallas Hixon, has stated he is concerned about Ford’s stance, and will be bringing it up with Ford leadership soon.
It is unsure if Ford will choose to reverse their position on the NFL protests.
But even if Ford can gain back the business of this one Louisiana sheriff’s office, it is unlikely that it will change the opinion of many patriotic Americans.
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