The brouhaha over the NFL protests doesn’t show any sign of slowing down as the Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Office in Louisiana is refusing to buy Ford police vehicles over the company’s support of the players right to protest.
In a letter addressed to Hixson Ford of Alexandria, Sheriff Julian Whittington said “Ford vehicles have been greatly utilized within the law enforcement community” but his department “will no longer purchase Ford products as long as Ford sides with these who have no regard for the men and women who protect and serve this great nation.”
The letter goes on to state it is Whittington’s hope the letter will cause Ford to “change their advertising choices and cease to support the NFL with advertising dollars until the NFL leadership demands its players show proper respect to our nations colors.” The letter goes on to say players have a right to protest but the sheriff’s office also has the right to spend their money elsewhere.
As Fox News reports, Ford has previously stated “We respect individuals’ rights to express their views, even if they are not ones we share. That’s part of what makes America great.”
Ford’s situation is particularly interesting as the Ford family owns the Detroit Lions and owner Martha Firestone Ford has previously said “Thanks primarily to our players, the NFL … has been a unifying force in our country and impactful change has and hopefully will continue to be the result of peaceful expression, done so in order to highlight social injustices of all kind.”
She also rebuffed President Trump by saying “Negative and disrespectful comments suggesting otherwise are contrary to the founding principles of our country, and we do not support those comments or opinions.”