U.S. flag on helmets: Patriotism or MARKETING?

THE NFL IS DISRESPECTING the United States flag by having players wear a flag decal on their helmets.

Not a lot of people are aware of this, but according to the United States Code, under Title 36, Chapter 10, Sec. 176, "No disrespect should be shown to the flag of the United States of America . . . The flag should never be used for advertising purposes in any manner whatsoever . . . No part of the flag should ever be used as a costume or athletic uniform. However, a flag patch may be affixed to the uniform of military personnel, firemen, policemen, and members of patriotic organizations. The flag represents a living country and is itself considered a living thing. Therefore, the lapel flag pin being a replica, should be worn on the left lapel near the heart."

Obviously, the American people are not questioning the NFL's support of the United States. They understand that the league is behind the government and its people. So why is the flag on the helmets? I hate to say this because it sickens me that organizations would take advantage of the events Sept. 11 for their own profit, but I can only conclude that it's for advertising/public relations purposes, a clear violation of Sec. 176. The NFL is trying to seize this opportunity and associate itself with U.S. nationalism because it creates greater interest and passion in its game than under normal circumstances.

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