As a veteran and proud supporter of the National Anthem and the American flag, I support this move by this dealership to pull their ads.
Denver Broncos Von Miller just lost money when one of his sponsors pulled their ads after his participating of kneeling during the National Anthem. At some point, these agents and financial advisers will have to sit down and have a real honest conversation with these players about the financial ramifications of their protest.
Veterans over vanity. #TakeTheKnee
Von Miller loses an endorsement deal after kneeling for anthem https://t.co/mJ6suQpN2N
— Rep. Steven Smith (@RepStevenSmith) September 26, 2017
Phil Long Dealerships Statement:
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.https://veteranscenter.org/
Miller knew very well that kneeling for the national anthem could cost him money. His teammate, a wide receiver Brandon Marshall, took a knee last season and lost endorsements.
— All 22 Broncos (@All22Denver) September 25, 2017
Large auto dealership says Von Miller's anthem protest misrepresents interests, pulls advertisements https://t.co/PiDOS45wkJ
— SilverSpurMarketing (@SilverSpurMktg) September 26, 2017
The same thing happened to Miller on Monday. Phil Long Ford in Denver said it wouldn’t be continuing its sponsorship agreement with Miller, the Super Bowl 50 MVP who is enormously popular in Denver. A spokesman for Phil Long Ford told CBS4 in Denver that it wasn’t firing Miller, but it was in a contract renewal negotiation, and Miller kneeling for the anthem caused them to cut that off.
These actions by companies cutting off the endorsements will help some. But all companies should fall in line on all players who kneel to make a small dent in this issue. I’m all for freedom of speech, but there are a time and a place. Pissing on the very flag that represents countless lives lost is not the place nor the time
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