The full page ad from AMVETS would have featured a military honor guard holding an American flag and the text Please Stand at the top of the page. After many NFL players chose to kneel in protest during the singing of the National Anthem before football games, the ad called on players to stand. It also solicited donations. The NFL said it rejected the ad because it made a "political statement." How hypocritical is that? Isn't that what the NFL players are doing by refusing to honor the US flag? But what can you expect from an organization that hires thugs? See Sports Illustrated NFL arrest records.