Now that more and more NFL players are choosing to protest the national anthem, fans from around the country are growing dissatisfied with the sport. Because they tune into the football games to watch their favorite teams battle it out on the field – and not stage a political protest or rally – they feel the game is going in the wrong direction. While players are using their celebrity status to protest racial injustice and police brutality in America, the fans want them to find a different way to do it. And one North Dakota farmer is using his field to protest the NFL protestors. He recently plowed a message into his field that showed how he was willing to stand for the national anthem even if the professional athletes weren’t. And just days after plowing the message, the ND farmer got a big surprise.
The message was simple. It read:
“We Stand For The National Anthem.”
After a photo of the North Dakota farmland went viral, it made its way up to Fox & Friends. And they invited the farmer, Gene Hanson, to speak on the show and explain to the NFL protestors why they should stand for the national anthem and honor the flag of this great nation.
“I didn’t think it was anything about black, white or brown, Democrat or Republican. It was about honoring our flag and our country. There’s a lot of people that died for it,” farmer Hanson said.
Because the farmer used his land to express his view on the NFL protest, he got it out to the public in a big way. His message was so well received from the opponents to the NFL protestors, the President of the United States saw it and expressed his approval.
President Trump applauded Hanson’s efforts on Facebook the other day. This was not something the farmer had ever expected.
“Thank you Gene Hanson – a GREAT American (and farmer) who is standing up for our flag, our anthem, and our country!” President Trump wrote.
On Wednesday, Trump spoke to “Hannity” about how the NFL should have suspended protest leader Colin Kaepernick when he first refused to stand for the anthem back at the start of the 2016 NFL season. If they had stopped him then, Trump reasons, then the protests probably never would have started.
In a memo to all 32 NLF teams, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell wrote, “Everyone should stand.”
The memo continued by saying how Goodell is “very proud of our players and owners who have done the hard work over the past year to listen, understand and attempt to address the underlying issues within their communities” and who respect for “opinions and concerns about critical social issues…
“The controversy over the Anthem is a barrier to having honest conversations and making real progress on the underlying issues. We need to move past this controversy, and we want to do that together with our players.”
Goodell added, “[We] believe that everyone should stand for the National Anthem. … We want to honor our flag and our country and our fans expect that of us.”