There is no doubt that the protests of the overpaid NFL players have stormed the league in the past year, prompting outraged fans to do everything in their power to avoid these protests, ultimately resulting in plummeting ratings, dropping ticket sales and major sponsors pulling their advertisements from their game. And now refs have revealed their stance on the matter as well.
But it seems that the outraged fans, sponsors as well as NFL coaches are not the only ones who are tired and urging players to drop these protests. Referees have also weighed in on the matter this Friday, during the game of the Monroe High School in New Jersey. The referees showed their outrage by walking out of the game when the Monroe High players knelt during the playing of the national anthem.
However, they still showed their honor and respect for the Flag and anthem by standing during its playing, before immediately taking a leave.
The two refs, named Ernie Lunardelli and his son Anthony Lunardelli. Ernie, who is Anthony’s father, gave a statement after the game, saying:
“I’m not in favor of anyone disrespecting our country, our flag, the armed forces,” adding, What they’re protesting has nothing to do with the national anthem and I’m against it, so I decided to protest for them kneeling and that’s what I did.”
He also revealed that just weeks before the incident took place, he sent out a warning to the league’s assigner of games that he would walk off the field if players took a knee, and he has clearly kept his word.
“Whoever is disrespecting that flag and the national anthem, that’s who I have a problem with. That’s my protest. I don’t care if it’s a baby, if it’s an 80-year-old man, anybody,” before further explaining, “I don’t care. Any race, color, I don’t care who it is. It’s not the way I was brought up and it pisses me off that people are doing that.”
And right before the end, he uttered another sentence which will sure bring him backlash among leftist supporters of the protesters, saying, “If you’re not happy with being in America, go somewhere else. It’s that simple.”
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