Tamaqua Legion won’t show NFL this weekend
A sign posted at the American Legion in Tamaqua announces that it is boycotting the NFL this weekend. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO
American Legion Post 173 in Tamaqua has decided to “take a knee” on NFL broadcasts this weekend.
Members decided during a recent meeting that they would not show NFL games over the Veterans Day weekend because of the ongoing protests by NFL players.
Specifically, they’re upset that the NFL owners did not force players participating in the boycott to stand for the anthem, according to finance officer Mike Morgans.
“When the owners had that meeting and decided they weren’t going to do anything about making a rule of it, then our members discussed it at our meeting and said ‘Well, we should not watch them.’ We’ll join the national boycott on Veterans Day weekend in honor of all of the veterans,” Morgans said.
A sign posted at the Legion says it is boycotting the NFL from Nov. 9-14, “due to the lack of action by the NFL or the owners.”
Morgans said the protests have been disrespectful to the flag and the country.
The Legion did show games earlier in the season. Morgans said there is another meeting scheduled this week, where they will discuss whether to continue the boycott beyond this weekend.
“I think what the NFL needs to do is get back to the NFL. They need to play football,” he said.
Morgans said the Legion draws a big crowd for the Veterans Day weekend. Post 173 organizes the parade that will take place on Broad Street Saturday morning. Saturday night, the Legion will celebrate its Last Man’s Club.
“It’s Veterans Day weekend. We have activities going on, We’ll have people here. Football is secondary,” he said.