Terry Smiley, from Florida, loves football, but he loves his country more. On Sunday, Smiley paid for a plane to pull a banner that said, “Be American. Boycott the Jags and the NFL.”
Smiley had the plane fly over the EverBank Field before the Jacksonville Jaguars’ game against the Los Angeles Rams. Smiley said, “I am asking people to boycott the football games. I don’t watch it on TV.”
Disgusted by the Jaguars taking a knee during the national anthem in London, Smiley wanted to make sure his voice was heard. “Do you believe in your country? Do you believe in ‘The Star-Spangle Banner?’ If you don’t stand up for it now, you won’t have it in the future,” Smiley said.
Smiley stated he will continue to protest in any way he can, whether than means airplanes flying overhead, bumper stickers, or “whatever I got to do.”
Some of the Jaguars’ fans don’t seem as upset as Smiley is. “They are taking it in a peaceful manner. They are trying to use their words and use their actions instead of taking it to violence,” fan Jaumari Day said.
Another fan said some of the players have expressed their respect for the flag and veterans and that is not what they are kneeling for.
Smiley is giving away bumper stickers in hopes his supporters will join him and boycott NFL football.
“We boycott them and we hit them in the pocketbook where it (hurts) them. (Before) long, we’ll have them on both of their knees,” Smiley said.
“We have people who are legitimate concerns who happen to be NFL players. They still live in the community. They have a right to protest. That’s (Smiley’s) right. Just like the NFL players who take their knee that’s their right. He has the right to do what he is doing,” Jaguars fan Calvin Sinclair said.