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Chester VFW joins NFL boycott

  • The Chester VFW has now joined the Steeleville, Coulterville and Sparta veterans posts that have stopped showing NFL contests on TV.

    The Chester VFW has now joined the Steeleville, Coulterville and Sparta veterans posts that have stopped showing NFL contests on TV.
    Pete Spitler/Herald Tribune

 
 
updated: 11/12/2017 9:47 AM

The Chester VFW has now joined the Steeleville American Legion and Coulterville and Sparta veterans' posts that have stopped showing National Football League contests on TV for as long as the league's players continue to sit or kneel during the national anthem.

Commander Rick Harrington said the VFW Post 3553 will continue to show college football games, but not NFL.

"I think what the NFL is doing is an atrocity," Harrington said. "I think it belittles the veterans, men and women who died for this country to make sure (players) had the right to play in the NFL, and with that I will not show a NFL game down here."

A Facebook page with more than 200,000 followers, "Boycott the NFL," planned an NFL boycott on Veterans Day weekend to show solidarity with veterans around the country.

Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick started the trend of NFL players refusing to stand for the anthem last year in a protest against racial inequality and police brutality.

Although Kaepernick remains a free agent this NFL season, other players and teams have continued to protest, which has been a major source of controversy for the league.