United States Navy Commander John Wells Refuses Award From NFL Team

United States Navy Commander John Wells was slated to receive an award from the New Orleans Saints of the NFL. It ain’t gonna happen. The ongoing kneeling issue has not been resolved by the NFL and Commander Wells would not be comfortable in his conscience in accepting an award from them.

The onset of protest kneeling during the national anthem was started by former San Francisco 49er quarterback, Colin Kaepernick. It has been a public relations nightmare for the NFL and owners. 

What you need to understand is that Commander Wells took a solemn oath to uphold this nation. No one in a uniform ever takes that lightly. As you will read, the Commander has been just as true to his Navy and veterans as he was on active duty. He could not possibly have done other than he did.

As Written by: Bob D Angelo for WSB TV:

A retired U.S. Navy officer said he declined an award from the New Orleans Saints because of NFL players protesting the national anthem by taking a knee, WDSU reported.

Cmdr. John Wells was selected for a Peoples Health Champion Award, which would have been presented at Sunday’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the Superdome. The award is given to Louisianans who have “significant accomplishments” and have reached “senior citizen status.”

Wells, who is the executive director of Military Veterans Advocacy in Slidell, said he declined the award because of the ongoing controversy with the NFL and some players protesting during the national anthem.

“I am unable, in good conscience, to enter an NFL stadium while this discourtesy prevails,” Wells wrote to executives of Peoples Health and the Saints.

Wells said the award was “tainted with dishonorable actions” by the NFL and its players. He said accepting the award would be hypocritical, WDSU reported……….


Retired Navy officer refuses award from team due to player protests | WSB-TV

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