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Dallas Legion Post To Vote On Proposed NFL TV Boycott

October 12, 2018

The controversy over professional football players who kneel during the national anthem prior to the start of games has reached the Back Mountain.

The members of Dallas American Legion Post 672 will vote tonight whether to show National Football League games on the post’s television sets, according to Charles Fleming, the post commander.

Some service organizations boycotted the NFL after quarterback Colin Kaepernick, then with the San Francisco 49ers, began to kneel as the anthem was played shortly before the kickoff of NFL games, two years ago.

Kaepernick said he kneeled to protest the mistreatment of minorities in the United States, including police shootings of unarmed black men. Other players also kneeled during the 2016 and 2017 seasons, though the controversy appears to have eased this year.

But it flared up during a meeting at Post 672 last month, Fleming said. A member made a motion on the spur of the moment to ban NFL games from being shown at the post, he said.

That motion passed, and the ban briefly took effect, according to Fleming. However, some members complained, saying they did not get a chance to vote on the motion, he said.

A compromise was reached whereby the post resumed showing televised football games, pending tonight’s vote. The vote was announced in advance and is open to auxiliary and Sons of the American Legion members as well as regular members, to make sure everyone’s voice will be heard, Fleming said.

“I made it that way so nobody can complain,” he said.

Fleming said the voting results will take effect immediately.

“Majority rules,” he said.

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