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NJ Car Dealership Pulls NFL Ads Over Anthem Protests

NJ Car Dealership Pulls NFL Ads Over Anthem Protests
(AP)

By    |   Tuesday, 03 October 2017 03:13 PM

The owner of a chain of car dealerships in New Jersey has pulled his company's advertisements from the remainder of NFL games this season because of the national anthem controversy.

According to NJ.com, Steve Kalafer said in a statement he is fed up with players taking a knee during the national anthem and that he's tired of the league not taking a stance against the practice.

"The National Football League and its owners have shown their fans and marketing partners that they do not have a comprehensive policy to ensure that players stand and show respect for America and our flag during the playing of the national anthem," Kalafer said. "We have cancelled all of our NFL advertising on the Optimum and Infinity networks."

NJ.com reported that Kalafer is also a part owner of the Somerset Patriots, a minor league baseball team in Bridgewater, New Jersey.

"As the NFL parses the important nationwide issues of 'social justice' and 'freedom of speech,' it is clear that a firm direction by them is not forthcoming," he said.

Kalafer said he will consider advertising options for the 2018 NFL season at a later date.

"I'm talking to 99 percent of [my] contacts, and they agree that it's disrespectful, it's improper," Kalafer said of the protests. "We couldn't support the lack of direction."

More than 200 NFL players opted to take a knee during the national anthem before games two weekends ago after President Donald Trump spoke out against the practice. Fewer players opted to kneel this past weekend.

Most NFL sponsors have sidestepped around the national anthem controversy thus far. The few that have made statements about kneeling during the anthem did not appear to favor one side of the issue or the other.

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The owner of a chain of car dealerships in New Jersey has pulled his company's advertisements from the remainder of NFL games this season because of the national anthem controversy.
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