The National Football League wanted to honour a retired U.S. Navy officer with a special award in Sunday’s New Orleans Saints match — but the veteran shot down them hard.

Cmdr. John Wells, who had been set to Obtain the Peoples Health Champion Award, responded to the deal in a letter to executives in the Saints business and Peoples Health. The award is given to community members that have attained “significant accomplishments.”

But, Wells desired nothing to do with it.

“I am unable, in good conscience, to enter an NFL stadium while this discourtesy prevails,” Wells wrote

The veteran continued:

“I had hoped and prayed that the NFL would outlaw these disgraceful protests and wanted to give the commissioner and the owners a fair opportunity to do so. Their failure to act is a slap in the face to all of those who have served in uniform. Men and women have fought and died for the flag that the players are disrespecting,” he said.

Though many gamers have taken part in national anthem protests across the NFL, Saints quarterback Drew Brees sought to find middle ground along with the team kneeled prior to the anthem instead of during it.

Thus far, the majority of NFL fans have made it crystal clear that they do not encourage players protesting throughout the national anthem.