After several NFL players took a knee during the national anthem at the weekend football games, many Trump supporters are calling for protests of the league and the sponsors who endorse the players.
Although former and current players such as Colin Kaepernick have repeatedly said they are not protesting the flag, members of Trump's base have echoed the president and demand the players to stand or face punishment.
Despite the fact the players are protesting unjust police brutality that kills Black men and women, opposers want anyone who kneels to lose any and all endorsements.
Phil Long Ford in Denver said it wouldn’t be renewing Miller's contract, reported CBS4 in Denver.
Long sent the following statement given to CBS4:
“We are evaluating the events of the weekend. It is important to state that we haven’t fired Von. We are in the middle of contract renewal and this weekend’s events remind us that sometimes we feel that we best represent ourselves. We support Von and his first amendment rights, we know Von and he’s a good person. He donated a police car to his hometown police dept. All that notwithstanding when we bring in celebrities to represent us we run the risk of being misrepresented.
“We, like millions of Americans are concerned and will respond consistently with our values as a proud American company founded by a war hero (Phil Long). While we can’t control the actions of others we can be responsible for how we support our nation and community. That is why, years ago, our principal owner, Jay Cimino, founded the Mount Carmel Veteran’s Service center, and is supported by all Phil Long Dealerships. We support this cause not just with our words, but financially as well, and it is serving hundreds of veterans in need right here in Colorado. This would be a great time for our community to show support for our military community by supporting this cause or others that continue to serve them after they serve us.”
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