With national anthem protests in full swing, questions have emerged over NFL sponsors and whether they’d consider pulling ads supporting the football league.
Anheuser-Busch released a statement, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter:
“At Anheuser-Busch we have a long heritage of supporting the institutions and values that have made America so strong. That includes our armed forces and the national anthem as well as diversity, equality and freedom of speech. We proudly employ over 1,100 military veterans and we work every day to create an inclusive environment for all of our employees. Because only together can we achieve our dream of bringing people together for a better world.
The Anheuser-Busch phone line has always been available for consumer inquiries on a variety of topics, but we are not conducting a survey regarding our NFL sponsorship.
We have many long-term sports partnerships, including our NFL sponsorship, and while we may not agree on everything, we still believe in the power of sport to bring people together and overcome their differences. We have no plans to end our NFL sponsorship.”
The San Francisco 49ers joined national anthem protests earlier in the weekend with at least 30 players in a kneeling/standing combo.
For the most part, teams backed off of protests one week after nearly every team had some form of protest.
“Wouldn’t you love one of these NFL owners… when someone disrespects our flag say, “Get that son of a bitch off the field, right now, out, he’s fired.”
After President Donald Trump’s comments, NFL, NBA and MLB athletes have responded with either comments pushing back against the president or reactionary statements such as kneeling or staying in the locker room.