IRMO, SC (WIS) - One Midlands bar has shown for all to see where they stand on NFL players protesting during the National Anthem before games.
In a post on their Facebook page Monday, Lucky's Burger Shack in Irmo has written on their marquee that they have canceled their NFL package for their bar.
The sign reads: "Mondays oysters r back canceling NFL Sunday package United We Stand."
Kim Lanier, a manager at Lucky's, said that the decision to cancel their NFL package was based on speaking with customers and their beliefs and not supporting pro-football. They said, if asked by a customer if they will show a game playing on a local channel, they will oblige the customer and play the game.
Their statement says:
A number of NFL players have joined in solidarity with former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who began kneeling last year to protest police brutality and oppression felt by minorities in the U.S.
Last month during a rally in Alabama, President Donald Trump blasted players who knelt during the National Anthem, calling is disrespectful and said players who did so should be fired.
"For a week, (the NFL owner would) be the most popular person in this country because that's a total disrespect of our heritage. That's a total disrespect for everything we stand for," Trump said on Sept. 22.
Not long after the president spoke, a number of bars and restaurants said they would not show NFL games, including a Greenville, SC restaurant, whose owner said he did find the protest disrespectful.
President Trump has continued to criticize the NFL and protesting players since then on Twitter, including a tweet on Tuesday.
The controversy continues through the executive branch - Vice President Mike Pence attended an Indianapolis Colts game on Sunday and left early because of protesting players.
Since the controversy has erupted, the NFL has recently said they've devised a plan on players and the anthem that they would reveal next week. In the interim, a letter distributed to teams from the NFL offices from Commissioner Roger Goodell stating, "we believe that everyone should stand for the National Anthem."
"The current dispute over the National Anthem is threatening to erode the unifying power of our game, and is now dividing us, and our players, from many fans across the country," he wrote.
Players did not begin appearing on the field during the National Anthem until 2009, around the time the Department of Defense began playing the NFL in an effort to display patriotism and honor the military.