Jones draws reaction after pulling NFL ads

By BRIAN GRAVES Staff Writer
Posted 9/28/17

Local businessman Allan Jones is scheduled to appear on Fox News Channel’s “Fox And Friends” Friday morning, after his revelation that he would remove his companies’ advertising from NFL …

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Jones draws reaction after pulling NFL ads

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Local businessman Allan Jones is scheduled to appear on Fox News Channel’s “Fox And Friends” Friday morning, after his revelation that he would remove his companies’ advertising from NFL broadcasts caught fire Wednesday throughout conservative media.

Even as Jones was speaking to the Cleveland Daily Banner Wednesday afternoon, he received word that national radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh had mentioned his move to disconnect from the NFL broadcasts.

Jones’ decision first became public after he posted a letter written to his companies’ advertising agency, The Tobias Group, on his personal Facebook page.

“Effective immediately, please remove all commercials for Check Into Cash, Buy Here Pay Here USA or U.S. Money Shops from airing during NFL games this entire season,” the letter read. “Our companies will not condone in any form the unpatriotic behavior demonstrated by the NFL.”

The note on his Facebook page added: “And don’t look for Hardwick on the NFL either.”

Jones was responding to the recent slew of players, teams and team owners protesting by kneeling during the playing of the National Anthem at NFL pre-game ceremonies.

“Once that email was written, I hit the send button myself,” Jones told the Banner.

A sports enthusiast himself, Jones said the seed of his decision started with the actions of NFL player Colin Kaepernick, who started the kneeling protest last season.

“It started when I saw Kaepernick do what he did and then get up going around talking to the oppressed wearing a Fidel Castro T-shirt,” Jones said. “I have been to Cuba and for him to talk about the oppressed while supporting Fidel Castro is insanity.”

He also noted the history of the national anthem and its composer, Frances Scott Key, at Fort McHenry.

“When you think about what we did to hold the flag up when our forefathers came over here — when you draw your sword on the king, you have got to win,” he said. “They were looking at a 99 percent chance of losing, but continued to fight. There were 200 English ships that tried to take it down. The fact is Key continued to write ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ when he could only see if the flag was still there when the bombs burst in the air,” he stated.

“These people are so stupid they can’t understand that,” Jones said. “They don’t have a clue what ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ is about. A democracy cannot survive unless they are educated. This has nothing to do with race. This is about respect for the flag and respect for the greatest country in the world.”

Jones said he is thankful to live in a country where he can remove his advertising “and leave that spot for whoever wants to buy it.”

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