What drunk is saying that Budweiser would pulls its advertising from the NFL over players taking a knee?
That’s like having a Super Bowl without Clydesdale ads.
Despite the incongruity, Snopes.com poured itself into debunking a rumor that Budweiser had “just pulled out of the NFL.”
“There was no truth to this rumor,” said fact-checker Dan Evon, writing for Snopes. “Budweiser, a brewing company that is owned by Anheuser-Busch InBev, did not announce that they were ending their relationship with the National Football League. A spokesperson for Budweiser confirmed that the company had no plans to end its sponsorship of the league.”
The possible genesis of the rumor is a misreading of a 2014 Budweiser statement:
“We are disappointed and increasingly concerned by the recent incidents that have overshadowed this NFL season. 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.”
Snopes noted: “Although this statement is real, it was released in 2014 in response to the league’s handling of a string of domestic violence incidents involving NFL players.”
But some haven’t gotten the memo.
Just heard Budweiser dropped NFL over their unAmerican garbage.
— melissaphill (@melissaphill) September 26, 2017
Rumour Control has it that Budweiser pulled out of the NFL… anyone got the skinny on this? pic.twitter.com/w2EtMOrd6y
— Richard C Hendry (@richc580) September 27, 2017