Editor’s note: This post has been updated below.
ESPN won’t broadcast the National Anthem during Monday Night Football, and now the Green Bay Packers are honoring a fake American flag.
Not sure what country today’s Packers-Bills game is being played in but that’s not my flag pic.twitter.com/XGsk75sPsM
— Rob Demovsky (@RobDemovsky) September 30, 2018
That was a bridge too far even for the social justice sports network.
“Not sure what country today’s Packers-Bills game is being played in, but that’s not my flag,” ESPN reporter Rob Demovsky tweeted.
The team unfurled a red, white and blue banner at one end of the field that resembles the American flag, but is clearly different.
Very unamerican flag at packers game no real surprise pic.twitter.com/1m7rmdVqFi
— Zane (@zaneomaxbaby) September 30, 2018
“Very unamerican flag at Packers game, no real surprise,” another fan tweeted.
— Viral Posts (@aolblog) September 30, 2018
“Packers brought out the wrong flag for the Anthem at today’s game,” wrote another.
Another attendee wondered if the Packers didn’t have permission to use Old Glory.
No offense to the Packers or, y’know, America, but did you not clear the rights for the actual flag, guys? pic.twitter.com/sVMhi1923p
— Kyle Nabilcy (@kylenabilcy) September 30, 2018
“No offense to the Packers or, y’know, America, but did you not clear the rights for the actual flag, guys?” Kyle Nabilcy wrote.
UPDATE: The team announced after the game that it will no longer use the “banner,” according to Fox 11:
The banner used during Sunday’s pregame ceremony supplemented the three U.S. flags on the roof of the stadium and the flag carried by the color guard on the field. We’ve used such displays from time to time in the past when other pregame elements take up a significant portion of the field. To avoid causing confusion, we will not be using such displays in the future.