Photo via Strongsville VFW/Facebook
The response to some Cleveland Browns players' National Anthem protest during a preseason game Monday has ran the gamut from supportive to straight vitriol
. But yesterday, Strongsville's VFW 3345 took their reaction one step further, placing the above sign outside its establishment as well as posting to Facebook.
VFW Commander Tim Zvoncheck also took to Facebook, posting:
"So tonight, I asked the membership of my post, VFW 3345, what they thought of the Cleveland Browns players kneeling during the National Anthem and the coaching staff backing their decision. Just as I suspected, the "boos" nearly tore the roof off. Effective immediately, VFW Post 3345 will no longer televise any Cleveland Browns games! We will never support any person or organization who disgraces the flag or the anthem that we fought for and so many or our brothers and sisters have died for! Until a formal apology by this organization is publicized and the utter disregard to America ceases, we, as veterans of this great country will not stand for this! We love our Browns, but we love our flag more...God bless America and damn those who think differently! #RespectOurFlag"
The VFW says the Browns organization would need to officially apologize in order for them to consider televising the games once more.
But so far the Browns
have only issued the following statement:
"As an organization, we have a profound respect for our country’s National Anthem, flag and the servicemen and servicewomen in the United States and abroad. We feel it's important for our team to join in this great tradition and special moment of recognition, at the same time we also respect the great liberties afforded by our country, including the freedom of personal expression."
Zvoncheck did admit to WYKC 3
that Browns games are a favorite for his members and that financially, the move may not make sense. However, he says he's willing to make the sacrifice ... and show other football games.
"We're OK with that, because the membership supports it," Zvoncheck said