It seems the NFL doesn’t know when to quit. American businesses owners are weighing in by boycotting their games in their establishments. And they are being very well received by their customers.
First Willamette Week has the story:
Until two weeks ago, Ira’s Deli on 72nd and Prescott was pretty much the only spot in Portland’s Cully neighborhood showing the NFL Sunday Ticket. But owner Iraj “Ira” Rafei says he now refuses to show the games because NFL players are disrespecting the American flag and anthem.
Last year, quarterback Colin Kaepernick arguably is out of a job over his decision to kneel silently during the national anthem in protest of police brutality. But after Trump wistfully dreamed of a day NFL team owners would fire any “son of a bitch” player who dared kneel during the national anthem to protest police violence against black men, the silent protest has expanded into a movement.
And while Rafei got pushback on Yelp, from angry NFL supporters, he stood his ground.
Rafei says he is not responding to the content of the protest over police violence—just how people treat the anthem.
“It’s not the principle,” he says. “I’m not a politician, I am a veteran. I fought for our country, I deeply believe in our flag, in the national anthem. It’s a matter of respect. I’m an American.”
Allen West has this story:
A Marine veteran and restaurant owner recently decided that he had enough of all the disrespect being dished out by NFL players who were taking a knee during the National anthem and thought he’d do a little protesting of his own by boycotting the games and not playing them in his establishment.
No doubt there will be more following this trend. It’s just not a good idea to get into a power struggle with Americans who love their country.