To the Commissioners of major league sports, the Chief Executive Officers of all television networks that broadcast sports events and the Chief Executive Officers of all companies that advertise on the television networks that broadcast sports events.
The undersigned recognize the right to free speech. This petition is not intended to censor free speech. Those who wish to disrespect the flag of the United States while the National Anthem tribute to that flag is being observed before the start of a sporting event should be allowed to show such disrespect. No action should be taken to stop them from showing such disrespect.
The flag these people choose to disrespect is a symbol of the country in which they live; the country that affords them the right to show public disrespect for that symbol. The flag and the National Anthem tribute will always serve as a reminder to them that they have the right to show disrespect. It is an irony that is not afforded to citizens of most other countries in the world.
It is unlikely that anyone who attends a sporting event comes to that event to see a protest. It is more likely that all came to cheer for their favorite team, or individual competitor… and cheer against the opponents.
Those signing this petition only wish to implore the commissioners of major league sports, the Chief Executive Officers of all television networks that broadcast sports events and the Chief Executive Officers of all companies that advertise on the television networks that broadcast sports events to respect that the flag and its symbolism, without censoring the competitors who wish to disrespect the flag during the National Anthem.
This is an issue that can be resolved easily. The National Anthem is a tribute to The American Flag. The camera should be on the flag during the entire tribute to the flag. This does not infringe on the rights of competitors who wish to show disrespect for the flag. They will be able to demonstrate against the symbol of their freedom, but will not have the public stage on which to display their demonstration.
All Commissioners and Chief Executive Officers to whom this petition is addressed have the power to affect an outcome that is fair regarding this issue. This petition does not call for a boycott of any sporting events, at this time. However, we do remind all of you that we do buy the tickets to your events, tune into your channels and purchase the products that sponsor these sporting events.
Please do the right thing; respect the symbol of the country that protects all Americans.