Sports memorabilia stores RELY on autograph signing events for business and sales. What happens when the athlete scheduled to come dishonors himself, or your country?
Some might compromise, or explain away that the event has already been scheduled, and can’t be changed. Not Steven Kurtis Martin.
He was scheduled to have Brandon Marshall (Broncos) come in for autographs. That was before he became a Kaepernick Klone.
Martin went to ‘Plan B’ which he explained in a lengthy Facebook Post (since taken down) that (obviously) became a lightning rod for attention. The Facebook Post has since been removed.
Here is a portion that was preserved on other sites, before it was removed:
My name is Stephen Martin and I own Prime Time Sports in the Chapel Hills Mall. A month before the NFL season began I made an agreement with Brandon Marshall of the Denver Broncos to have a public autograph signing.
After Thursday night’s opening game I decided to cancel this event and soon after my store phones and social media pages were lit up with the kind of words that no business owner ever wants to here.
I respect Brandon Marshall’s freedom of expression, but I question his method of delivery. I agree that his concerns need to be addressed, but not at the expense of our flag and what it represents.
There have been times in the last week where I have gone AWOL to my heart by my silence, but now I have been awakened by the memory of my wife’s father Kenneth J Porwoll who survived the Bataan Death March.
He was thrown into the hull of a cargo ship called the Taga Maru where he was sandwiched with hundreds of other soldiers without room to even lie down while being hauled to Japan where he was a POW for 3 1/2 years. He was saturated in human sweat, urine and fecal matter for weeks in plus 100 degree heat without food, water or medical care and to this store owner that story is a better use of the word “deplorable”.
I was at this man’s funeral. I saw the American Flag draped over his coffin. I was there when that folded American Flag was handed to his wife, Mary Ellen Porwoll. I heard that 21 gun salute.
This store owner believes that the simple act of standing during our national anthem is a noble and responsible gesture that salutes our nation and the military that protects it. Now I want to stand up and hear the voice of the American Flag and I need your help.
I am asking for photos of your loved ones that are veterans, in active service, who have been injured in the line of duty or who have paid the ultimate price. I will post these photos on my store front windows under the banner, “These people have sacrificed for the ideas represented by our flag. We honor them”.
I got this powerful vision that we can cover these windows top to bottom and side to side and proclaim our support for these United States of America. Will you help me build this wall of honor?
Photos can be brought in or mailed to Prime Time Sports, 1710 Briargate Blvd, Colorado Springs, CO 80920 or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
While the Facebook page was still up, Independent Journal Review managed to get — and post — this image of the public response:
Looks like he’s got quite a lot of support.
This sign hangs in his window:
“This space is reserved for these people who have sacrificed for our flag and what it represents: WE HONOR THEM.”
On Sunday, Martin posted on Facebook that 176 photos had been put up after five days of the “Honor the Flag” event.
“Our voice, the voice of the active, the injured and the fallen is being heard. Thank You America,” he wrote.