Georgia GOP Gubernatorial Candidate Michael Williams 'Done with the NFL'

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To the Editor: Amvets, a veterans service organization of notable benevolence, paid $30,000 to place an ad into the upcoming Super Bowl game program.

Sen. Shafer filed Senate Resolution 673 condemning the NFL's action on the AMVETS ad. Senators unanimously approved it, but leaders in the Democratic party said the vote was not done properly and they would not have cast "yes" votes if they had known the content of the resolution.

He's referring to a move by the National Football League that has infuriated some conservatives. The over-paid crybabies kneeling during our national anthem no longer deserve my patronage.

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The American Family Association posted a petition January 23 urging National Football League commissioner Roger Goodell to "stop the blatant hypocrisy and accept the patriotic ad by AMVETS as originally submitted".

"I believe America is the greatest country on the face of the Earth and that every American should stand when the flag is saluted", said Shafer.

A Tennessee gubernatorial candidate is taking a very public stand for veterans and the national anthem on Super Bowl Sunday.

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AMVETS said the NBA and NHL accepted the #PleaseStand ad for their all-star programs, while critics have pointed out that the NFL has aired political ads in the recent past, including television commercials during last year's Super Bowl on the pay gap and immigration. Several Democrats, including business executive Sarah Riggs Amico, are also in the race.

The Colts missed the playoffs this season and won't be participating in the Super Bowl, which features a match-up between the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles in Minneapolis.

According to Republican Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, who's running for governor, the resolution will help others with "recognizing our flag and our anthem and being very proud of our heritage here".

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The two-page resolution called out the NFL, stating it "has abandoned even the pretense of supporting free speech and dissent" while at the same time "condoning organized disrespect and contempt for the flag of the United States and the national anthem".

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