As if the NFL wasn’t knee-deep in dookey already.
Now comes a report that they charged the military millions to “pay tribute” to the troops.
According to Military.com, this has been a common practice:
- The Guard paid NFL teams $5.6 million in 2013 and 2014. This year, the Guard is spending $4.1 million on advertising through sporting events. That includes $1.2 million in payments to NFL teams. The Super Bowl-champion Patriots got the most at $225,000, with the Indianapolis Colts ($200,000) and Miami Dolphins ($160,000) close behind.
Let’s be clear about where those millions come from – you, the taxpayer.
I cannot begin to put into words how upsetting this is for me, a Gold Star daughter.
To charge the military for the “opportunity” to honor veterans and their families is so egregious. It violates everything that it means to honor someone. There is absolutely nothing honorable about what the NFL has done.
What the NFL has done, in essence, is made the military their pimps. Dressed them up. Put them on display. Made the audience members all teary-eyed.
The NFL and military both claim this is a good recruiting tool.
You’d think parading wounded soldiers around the 50-yard line or hosting Gold Star families in premium seating would dissuade anyone from joining the military.
The whole concept nauseates me. But then again, I suppose a culture that thinks nothing of exploiting a crucified Christ as a means to build wealth, wouldn’t think twice about doing the same to a veteran amputee.
The shareholders and team owners ought to be taken out the woodshed, preferably by a team of mad-as-hell Army Rangers.
Karen Spears Zacharias is author of After the Flag has been Folded (William Morrow).