Republican candidate for Ohio governor has pulled $20,000 worth of ads from an NFL game in response to what he calls the "indefensible protests" during the national anthem at games.

Rep. Jim Renacci (R-Ohio) has been a member of Congress since 2011 and faces a crowded field of Republicans for the state's gubernatorial race to replace former GOP presidential candidate and current Gov. John Kasich. He announced on Friday that he was canceling an ad scheduled to run Sunday during the game between the Cleveland Browns and the Cincinnati Bengals.

ďWhile the First Amendment clearly affords NFL players and officials the freedom to engage in this appalling behavior, having the right to do something does not mean itís the right thing to do," Renacci explained in a press release. "Throughout our nationís history, countless American men and women of all backgrounds and races have sacrificed deeply to protect and preserve the ideals that our nation and its flag stand foróand our National Anthem serves as a tribute to that sacrifice that we should honor, not disparage."

He went on to say that while the right to speak and protest peacefully is a fundamental American freedom, "protesting the most sacred symbols of those freedoms is both sadly ironic and an inexcusable, offensive display of contempt for what our nation stands for."