NASHVILLE, Tenn. — In her bid for governor of Tennessee, Republican Rep. Diane Black will run an ad during the Super Bowl pregame show saying “it’s too bad that the league doesn’t respect the patriotism of our national anthem.”
Black’s campaign spokesman, Chris Hartline, said Thursday that the ad urging fans to stand will run on one network in several Tennessee markets at a cost of more than $50,000. Some will see it right before kickoff, he said.
It’s a response to the NFL’s refusal to run an ad from the group American Veterans saying “Please Stand” in the printed Super Bowl program.
The league has been roiled by debate over players kneeling during the anthem to protest social injustice, but NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said the game program is not the place for messages that could be seen as political. McCarthy noted that the NFL approved a Veterans of Foreign Wars ad saying “We Stand for Veterans.”
In her spot, Black says that though the NFL refused the AMVETS ad urging everyone to stand, “they can’t stop you and me.”
“So tonight, wherever you are watching this game, please stand for ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ and join me in standing up for veterans,” Black, a Gallatin lawmaker, said in the ad.