Veterans in Cooperstown are taking a stand. Until NFL players stop kneeling during the National Anthem, games will not be aired in the Vets Club.

Club directors voted unanimously at their last meeting to ban NFL games. Commander John Famulare tells All Otsego "When they play the National Anthem you better stand up, period.”  The ban won't be lifted “until the players start acting like men” and show respect for the National Anthem," Famulare says.

Letters on the decision have been sent to the NFL and team owners by the VFW and American Legion.

The NFL is sending a letter of their own. Commissioner Roger Goodell sent a memo to all 32 teams, saying "everyone should stand for the National Anthem. It is an important moment in our game. We want to honor our flag and our country, and our fans expect that of us."

A plan is in the works with the NFL and will be discussed with teams and owners.

Borio's and Cooper's Landing on Oneida Lake both stopped airing NFL games at their restaurants over the controversy. The decision received mixed decisions on social media.


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