Bossier sheriff to boycott NFL sponsor Ford due to anthem protests

Bossier sheriff to boycott NFL sponsor Ford due to anthem protests
A statement was released by Ford Motor Co. this September in support of protesting NFL players, in which their right to protest during the national anthem was approved and supported. The statement said, “We respect individuals’ rights to express ...

A statement was released by Ford Motor Co. this September in support of protesting NFL players, in which their right to protest during the national anthem was approved and supported.

The statement said, “We respect individuals’ rights to express their views, even if they are not ones we share. That’s part of what makes America great.” And now, after some time of silence, the entire situation with the NFL has escalated, and Ford is also facing their first major boycott when Bossier Parish Sheriff Julian Whittington made an announcement that his department will no longer be purchasing FORD vehicles or products until the NFL starts asking players to stand up for the national anthem and “show proper respect for our nation’s colors.”

In a statement released on the official Facebook account of the Bossier Parish’s Sheriff office, it was written that despite the players having a right to protest as they deem necessary, “we, the Bossier Sheriff’s Office and taxpayers of Bossier Parish, have a right to spend our money elsewhere. I realize that Ford Motor Co. has made this decision and may not necessarily be supported by your company, but you are our dealer.”

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The sheriff’s department previously made around $747,000 worth of purchases from Ford, meaning that the company will be losing a major buyer. Whittington on the other hand hopes that his boycott will catch on and continue, as he is now sending a copy of his letter to all 63 sheriffs in Louisiana, with the goal of preventing them from investing into the company.

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