Can’t say no one saw this coming.
Hardwick Clothing, America’s oldest suit maker, is through dealing with the National Football League.
The company’s CEO, Cleveland businessman Allan Jones, blasted the League’s “unpatriotic behavior” and directed his advertising firm to pull ads for his companies during NFL games, The Chattanoogan reported.
“Effective immediately, please remove all commercials for Check into Cash, Buy Here Pay Here USA, or U.S. Money Shops from airing during NFL games this entire season,” Jones, who is also the CEO of the payday lending chain Check Into Cash, said Tuesday in a statement. “Our companies will not condone in any form the unpatriotic behavior demonstrated by the NFL.”
Jones, a supporter of President Trump, acknowledged that NFL players have the right to choose not to stand during the playing of the national anthem, but pointed out that, as a business owner, he also has a right to take his money elsewhere.
“When I see Colin Kaepernick lecturing the ‘oppressed’ wearing a Fidel Castro T-shirt, you realize the hypocrisy to this stupidity. I love America. They have the right to protest and I have the right to turn off the channel and place our ads elsewhere,” Jones said. “The next time someone ask the public to finance a stadium this will have a very long term effect. These guys should really be the lead plaintiffs in the head injury cases-that’s the only jury that will find sympathy!”
Jones purchased the struggling Hardwick Clothing company in 2014 and has been providing the brand’s suits and wardrobe to the NBC on-air talent during the network’s broadcasts of NFL football games. But Jones is pulling out of the sponsorship and advertising because he is upset with players who “don’t have a clue” what they are even protesting.
“If you will research why Francis Scott Key wrote the Star Spangled Banner you will realize why I am upset about these NFL players protesting. They don’t even know what it is they are protesting,” he said. “The flag was still standing. 200 English ships tried to take it down. They kept it up all night and it could only be seen when the bombs were bursting in the air. So many patriots gave their lives to keep the flag up – and now to have people protesting who don’t have a clue about any of this bothers me.”
Jones concluded his statement by repeating that his companies are “taking a stand…not a knee and that they would “not condone unpatriotic behavior!”
The CEO earned a virtual standing ovation on Twitter by users who applauded his stand for America.