‘These guys are thugs and monsters’: Major advertiser threatens to cut ties with NFL over player conduct

The NFL has been making headlines for all the wrong reasons in recent weeks as domestic violence and child abuse charges sideline some of the league’s most high profile players. As public condemnation for the NFL grows, major sponsors are starting to second-guess their relationship with the league.

Earlier this week, the Radisson hotel chain suspended its sponsorship of the Minnesota Vikings in the wake of the child abuse charges against running back Adrian Peterson. On a larger scale, Anheuser-Busch – the official beer of the NFL since 2011 – released a statement on Tuesday expressing concern over the “recent incidents.”

"We are disappointed and increasingly concerned by the recent incidents that have overshadowed this NFL season,” an Anheuser-Busch spokesman said. “We are not yet satisfied with the league's handling of behaviors that so clearly go against our own company culture and moral code. We have shared our concerns and expectations with the league."

The NFL was quick to respond to the beer company. "We understand," NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said of the Anheuser-Busch statement. "We are taking action and there will be much more to come."

While it is unlikely a company like Anheuser-Busch will actually end its partnership with what is arguably America’s favorite pastime, their public condemnation of the NFL is significant.

On radio this morning, Glenn warned that if the NFL does not clean up its act, there could come a time when its fan base and corporate sponsors decide enough is enough. He likened the potential fallout to Hollywood, which has seen a huge drop off in box office sales as of late – not because people don’t like going to see movies but because the industry has become so out of step with the audience.

“They're saying people don't like movies anymore. People like movies. People don't like the experience anymore… and I think it's because Hollywood has gotten so out of step with the American people that they no longer have that fantasy relationship with movies,” Glenn said. “I'm sorry, but I think the NFL and all sports are going to go down the same road.”

While the NFL may have a “king of the world” mentality right now, Glenn believes there is a contingent of people who will be turned off by the league’s ethics – or lack thereof.

“I give that warning to the NFL,” Glenn said. “I'm telling you, if you don't clean up your mess, if you don't start saying, ‘We have certain ethics, and I don't care how damn good you are on the field, if you violate these ethics, you're not worthy to play the game’… everybody has a bad day. Everybody has their own problems. But you have to have a certain level of decency. I don't think the NFL has that.”

Glenn used the NFL’s handling of former Baltimore Raven’s running back Ray Rice’s domestic violence case as an example. After initially giving Rice a paltry two game suspension, the league reversed course and suspended him indefinitely after surveillance footage showed him knock out his then-girlfriend Janay Palmer and public outrage ensued.

“Ray Rice, what happened to him? Two game [suspension]. He knocked his girl out,” Glenn said exasperatedly. “These guys are thugs and monsters. I'm not bringing my kids to an NFL game because I can't say to my kids, ‘Hey, let's watch that guy… by the way, he's a scumbag in real life. But let's root for him.’”

In separating on-the-field performance from off-the-field actions, Glenn believes we are teaching children they can behave however they want in their personal life so long as they excel professionally.

“That's wrong,” Glenn concluded. “That's showing them that money is over everything else. It's not.”

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On the radio program Monday, Glenn Beck, Pat Gray, and Stu Burguiere reacted to a recent Washington Post op-ed in which the author, Ron Charles, suggests that "as Confederate statues finally tumble across America, [and] television networks are marching through their catalogues looking to take down racially offensive content," perhaps the next items that should be up on the cancel-culture chopping block are "problematic books."

"Monuments celebrating racist traitors, which were erected to fabricate history and terrify black Americans, are not works of art that deserve our respect or preservation. Similarly, scenes of modern-day white comedians reenacting minstrel-show caricatures are not ironical interrogations of racism that we have to stomach any longer. But complex works of literature are large, they contain multitudes," Charles wrote.

He goes on to argue that "calibrating our Racism Detector to spot only a few obvious sins" is but an insidious source of self-satisfaction when compared to the process of critical debate on the values and intentions of history's literary legends.

"If cancel culture has a weakness, it's that it risks short-circuiting the process of critical engagement that leads to our enlightenment," Charles wrote. "Scanning videos for blackface or searching text files for the n-word is so much easier than contending with, say, the systemic tokenism of TV rom-coms or the unbearable whiteness of Jane Austen."

Could cancel culture really spiral all the way down to book burning? In the clip below, Glenn, Pat, and Stu agreed that this radical progressive movement is really about erasing America's history and overturning the foundation of our country. The fundamental transformation of America is happening now.

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It's been a tough year, America. Our news media is inundating us with images of destruction, violence, and division in attempts not only to desecrate our nation, but to make us turn our backs on it. That's why now, more than ever, we need to take an up-close look at America's history to remember what it is we're fighting for and how to fight for it with practical action.

Join Glenn Beck, broadcasting from Standing Rock Ranch, as he takes us to Plymouth, Gettysburg, and Federal Hall on an important journey through America's remarkable history to inspire a brighter future. Glenn asks the hard questions of every American. Is this system worth saving? Is there a better way? Where do we go from here, and how do we answer those questions?

Featuring performances from the Millennial Choirs and Orchestras, David Osmond, a very special children's choir, and guests Bob Woodson, Tim Ballard, David Barton, Burgess Owens, Kathy Barnette, Anna Paulina Luna, and Tim Barton.

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"Restoring Hope" has been a labor of love for Glenn and his team and tonight is the night! "Restoring the Covenant" was supposed to take place in Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Gettysburg and Washington D.C. but thanks to COVID-19, that plan had to be scrapped. "Restoring Hope" is what was left after having to scrap nearly two years of planning. The Herald Journal in Idaho detailed what the event was supposed to be and what it turned into. Check out the article below to get all the details.

Glenn Beck discusses patriotic, religious program filmed at Idaho ranch

On July 2, commentator Glenn Beck and his partners will issue a challenge from Beck's corner of Franklin County to anyone who will listen: "Learn the truth, commit to the truth, then act on the truth."

Over the last few weeks, he has brought about 1,000 people to his ranch to record different portions of the program that accompanies the challenge. On June 19, about 400 members of the Millennial Choir and Orchestra met at West Side High School before boarding WSSD buses to travel to a still spring-green section of Beck's ranch to record their portion of the program.

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The current riots and movement to erase America's history are exactly in line with the New York Times' "1619 Project," which argues that America was rotten at its beginning, and that slavery and systemic racism are the roots of everything from capitalism to our lack of universal health care.

On this week's Wednesday night special, Glenn Beck exposed the true intent of the "1619 Project" and its creator, who justifies remaking America into a Marxist society. This clever lie is disguised as history, and it has already infiltrated our schools.

"The '1619 Project' desperately wants to pass itself off as legitimate history, but it totally kneecaps itself by ignoring so much of the American story. There's no mention of any black Americans who succeeded in spite of slavery, due to the free market capitalist system. In the 1619 Project's effort to take down America, black success stories are not allowed. Because they don't fit with the narrative. The role of white Americans in abolishing slavery doesn't fit the narrative either," Glenn said.

"The agenda is not ultimately about history," he added. "It's just yet another vehicle in the fleet now driven by elites in America toward socialism."

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