Apparently fans were upset about the NFL protests airing on their television screens, so DirecTV is offering refunds for anyone who purchased their Sunday Ticket NFL package and just couldn’t stand to see football players exercising their first amendment right to peacefully protest.
The decision is an interesting (for a lack of better words) departure from their typical protocol. DirecTV’s help center page explicitly states anyone wishing to obtain a refund on season pass purchases must do so before the season begins—in this case, before Saturday, September 10, 2017. Nonetheless, some subscribers are starting to receive refunds on cancelled packages, as reported by the Wall Street Journal.
On Friday, 45 sparked controversy (again) when he referred to athletes who kneel during the national anthem as “sons of bitches.”
“Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out. He’s fired. He’s fired!'” he said at a Luther Strange rally. Sunday’s widespread protests was a show of “unity” in response to the president’s dangerous antics.
As previously reported by CASSIUS, NFL owners responded in support of their players.
“Our players have the freedom to express themselves in a respectful and thoughtful manner and we all agreed that our sole message is to provide and to promote an environment that is focused on love and equality,” Buffalo Bill owners Terry and Kim Pegula said in a statement. San Francisco 49ers owner Jed York described Trump’s remarks as “callous and offensive,” calling his words “contradictory to what this great country stands for.”
CASSIUS reached out to AT&T, which owns DirecTV, but has yet to receive comment.