(WTVM) - A new report claims the National Football League reportedly accepted millions of dollars from the Department of Defense over the course of three years in exchange for honoring troops and veterans before games.
According to the NJ.com out of New Jersey, the Pentagon reportedly signed contracts with 14 NFL teams between 2011 and 2012.
The stipulation is that teams would be paid sums ranging from $60,000 to $1 million each in federal taxpayer money to pause before the start of games and salute the city's hometown heroes.
Agreements also include advertising on stadium screens and sideline 'Coaches Club' seats for soldiers.
However, the spending is being defended by the military who says it is an effective recruitment tool for soldiers.
Topping the list is the Atlanta Falcons with $1.05 million, followed by the Baltimore Ravens receiving nearly $900,000.
Not everyone is on board, however. Some are saying the practice is not only unethical, it's hypocritical — while comparing this to the suspension of Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.
Meanwhile, Congress and the President recently set strict caps on military spending as part of a very tight budget.