A Louisiana sheriff released a statement decrying the NFL national anthem protests, saying that his office would stop buying vehicles from their local Ford dealership because of the company's statement in support of the protests.
What did the sheriff say?
Sheriff Julian Whittington of the Bossier Parish in Lousiana posted a statement on the Facebook page of his local Ford dealership notifying them of his decision.
“These recent events surrounding the NFL, its players and their audacity to thumb their collective noses at the American Flag, the American military as well as their obvious disdain for the profession of law enforcement; forces me to take a stand” he wrote.
“Yes, the NFL players have a right to protest as they deem necessary, but we, the Bossier Sheriff’s Office and the taxpayers of Bossier Parish have a right to spend our money elsewhere,” he added.
“It is my hope that this letter will cause you to encourage Ford Motor Co. to change their advertising choice and cease to support the NFL with advertising dollars until the NFL leadership demands its players show proper respect for our nation’s colors," the letter read.
Whittington says he sent the letter to the other 63 sheriffs in Louisiana.
What did Ford do to anger the sheriff?
Ford released a statement saying they supported players speaking out even if they didn't agree with their protest.
"We respect individuals' rights to express their views, even if they are not ones we share," the company said in a statement. "That's part of what makes America great."
Martha Ford, a member of the Ford family, also released a statement disagreeing with the president on his comments against the protests.
"Our game has long provided a powerful platform for dialogue and positive change in many communities throughout our nation," she said. "Negative and disrespectful comments suggesting otherwise are contrary to the founding principles of our country, and we do not support those comments or opinions."
Will there be more protests?
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell suggested that the rules might be changed to require all players to stand for the national anthem, while some owners seem to want to get past the controversy and get back to playing the game.