Cross Plains man boycotting NFL with 'Honor America or Leave' sign outside of his home
CROSS PLAINS, Texas —
The National Football League’s National Anthem protests made headlines this week when President Donald Trump uninvited the Super Bowl LII champions, the Philadelphia Eagles, from visiting the White House.
Logan Long of Cross Plains is taking things a step further by boycotting the NFL with a sign outside of his home that reads "Honor America or Leave. Boycott Pro Ball."
The sign is located more than a mile south of Cross Plains along Highway 279.
"Don't dishonor your flag, don't dishonor your country, because that's a country that allows you to speak up," Long, who spent two days hand painting the sign, said on Wednesday.
Long put the sign up last year after some NFL players began taking a knee during the singing of the National Anthem.
The NFL's National Anthem protests first began in 2016 when then-San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick began kneeling during the National Anthem to protest the racial injustice in the United States criminal justice system.
While Long is not opposed to people having the right to protest, he said that the football field and the American flag have nothing to do with the issue.
"Totally disgusted," Long said, in describing the NFL players' protests.
Just two weeks ago, the NFL passed a new rule that will require players to stand during the National Anthem if they are out on the field.
If they do not stand for the National Anthem while they are out on the field, the team that they play for will be fined.
Players who do not want to stand during the performance of the National Anthem also have the option of staying in the locker room while the National Anthem is playing.
Despite the new policy that the NFL has put into place, Long said that he is done watching NFL games.
"I think I've already seen my last NFL game," Long said. "I play golf all the time. You know what, I haven't seen a golf player kneel yet."
Long plans to stick with watching professional basketball and baseball games, where the rules for players participating in the performance of the National Anthem vary, although both the NBA and the MLB have been largely immune to National Anthem protests involving their players.