Over the past few days, millions of Americans have expressed their outrage over professional football playerskneeling during the national anthem. Now, that outrage is turning into action.
A number of truck drivers, veterans and everyday Americans are threatening to boycott the gas station chain Pilot Flying J over the actions of the owner — who also owns the NFL’s Cleveland Browns, as well as the actions of one store manager in Kentucky.
Several weeks ago, according to WSAZ, a group of veterans rolled up to a Flying J in the Bluegrass State and put up flags to welcome a rolling Vietnam Memorial. The manager of that particular store then came out and told the vets they weren’t allowed to fly the flags.
Since the incident, a large group of veterans have been staging a protest, demanding that the Flying J install a flag pole and fly both the American and POW flags.
In a statement, Pilot Flying J claimed the flags are not allowed to fly for safety reasons.
“Pilot Flying J proudly welcomes the American flag at all our locations. After looking into the concern at our store #660, located at 15236 State Route 180, Catlettsburg, KY, we found that the concerns were not with the flags themselves but with the safety of where they were placed as we need to make sure they don’t block the lines of sight of drivers pulling into our locations,” read a statement by the company.
As if that particular controversy wasn’t enough, another group of patriots are calling for a boycott of all Pilot Flying J locations because of the on-field protests of Pilot Flying J owner Jimmy Haslam’s Browns football players.
In a video recorded outside a Pilot Flying J store and posted on Facebook, a man identifying himself as a Navy veteran named Matt called for a boycott of the stores until Haslam stops supporting those who are disrespecting the American flag.
“We just watched the beginning of the Cleveland Browns (game) and the national anthem, and the owner, Jimmy Haslam allowed most of his team to take a knee during the anthem,” Matt stated.
Matt also spray-painted a big red red circle with a line through it on his Browns leather jacket.
“Jimmy Haslam owns all the Pilots and the Flying Js in the country. What you need to do if you support this (is) do not go to a Pilot, do not go to a Flying J, until he states to his team that no member will be allowed to take a knee during the national anthem” he continued.
This will likely not be the last boycott brought on by the national anthem protests. These football team owners are about to pay for their actions with their wallets.
If Americans stop watching the games, stop patronizing the team owners’ other businesses, and otherwise stop giving these non-patriots their money, it hopefully won’t be long before they change their tune about allowing players to kneel.