Anheuser-Busch wants to know how you feel about the NFL.
If you call 1-800-342-5283 and press one, you can tell the company how you feel about its sponsorship of the NFL, which has been under fire lately after an unprecedented amount of players kneeled or remained in the locker room during the national anthem.
When you call, you get this message:
“At Anheuser-Busch, we have a long heritage of supporting the nation’s armed forces, veterans and military dependents. The national anthem is a point of pride for our company and for the 1,100 veterans we employ. Please feel free to share your feedback after the tone.”
An Anheuser-Busch representative told Fox2 that the company was receiving a high volume of calls after many on social media asked the company to sever its sponsorship with the NFL.
The company released the following statement about the addition of the phone line.
“At Anheuser-Busch we have a long heritage of supporting the institutions and values that have made America so strong. That includes our armed forces and the national anthem as well as diversity, equality and freedom of speech. We proudly employ over 1,100 military veterans and we work every day to create an inclusive environment for all of our employees. Because only together can we achieve our dream of bringing people together for a better world.
The Anheuser-Busch phone line has always been available for consumer inquiries on a variety of topics, but we are not conducting a survey regarding our NFL sponsorship.
We have many long-term sports partnerships, including our NFL sponsorship, and while we may not agree on everything, we still believe in the power of sport to bring people together and overcome their differences. We have no plans to end our NFL sponsorship.”
Americans are sharply divided on whether NFL players should be allowed to kneel during the national anthem, according to a CNN survey. Overall, 49 percent say kneeling players are doing the wrong thing and 43 percent say it’s the right thing. But these views change sharply with age and race. Older white Republicans were more likely to say the players were doing the wrong thing, CNN found.