Retired Navy Commander John Wells is well known as an advocate for American veterans, and was recently chosen by NFL team the New Orleans Saints as the recipient of a Peoples Health Champion Award.
However, in light of the NFL’s blatant disrespect of American veterans and police officers, Wells declined the offer, and wrote a letter back to the Saints, saying, “I am unable, in good conscience, to enter an NFL stadium while this discourtesy prevails.”
Wells said that accepting the award, which he called “tainted with dishonorable actions,” would be hypocritical.
“I had hoped and prayed that the NFL would outlaw these disgraceful protests and wanted to give the commissioner and the owners a fair opportunity to do so,” said Wells.
“Their failure to act is a slap in the face to all of those who have served in uniform. Men and women have fought and died for the flag that the players are disrespecting,” added the former Naval officer.
In response, the New Orleans Saints issued a statement, saying Wells “has that right, and we thank him for his service to our country and his past efforts on behalf of the military and veterans.”
The entire Saints team took a knee in a game played in London early October.
— New Orleans Saints (@Saints) November 2, 2017