John Wells is a retired Navy commander and executive director of the National Military Veterans Advocacy organization, in Slidell, Louisiana. More importantly, Mr. Wells is a “PATRIOT” who apparently can’t be bought with phony platitudes and shiny trinkets.

To the dismay, no doubt of the NFL and their hypocritical minions the “New Orleans Saints” who apparently confuse willfully allowing their players to continually disrespect America while attempting to reach out to warriors who "defend America."

The dust-up began when the Saints chose Mr. Wells to be the recipient of the "People’s Health Champion Award," a recognition offered to a member of the community who exemplifies “the exceptional achievements of Louisiana residents age 65 and older.”

Though flattered at being chosen for the award, Mr. Wells is a clear-eyed individual, who understands the universal creed of those who serve…”honor, duty and country.”

Moreover as a veteran he knows when he’s being “played” by self-aggrandized politically correct institutions that simply want to exploit him, and so when given the opportunity to publicly respond Mr. Wells eloquent yet simple response to the Saints self-serving prime-time promotion was to simply announce he could not “in good conscience” accept the award.

Moreover citing the award given to him was a “slap in the face” in light of where the NFL stands with those who dishonor America and by extension those who serve America.

In a written press release Mr. Wells detailed why he could not accept the award; “Although I am touched and honored to be selected for such an award, the ongoing controversy with NFL players’ disrespect for the national flag forces me to decline to participate in the presentation, since this award is tainted with the dishonorable actions of the NFL and its players, I cannot accept it.”

Mr. Wells stand in not accepted a bogus award reminds us all that we have the power to either accept or reject those who dishonor America. Today we face a “clash-of-cultures that no doubt will decide the kind of America our children will inherit.

Do you believe the NFL is attempting to use pre-game community promotions such as the Saints “People’s Health Champion Award” as a pretext to improve their image?

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