Reactions to NFL anthem protests have been all over the map in the last week with support and criticism covering the entire spectrum. At the extreme end of the “angry and offended” side are people that have actually burned paraphernalia or season tickets because they are so upset.

There have been many more people who have threatened to boycott the league as a whole. Perhaps you’ve seen a meme or two on Facebook yourself. And now there are even businesses that following through on boycotts.

People Magazine tells the story of multiple local restaraunts throughout the country that are choosing to no longer show any NFL games at their establishments. They range everywhere from New York to Tennessee to Louisiana.

The owner of Borio’s Restaurant in Cicero, N.Y., Marty Borio, put a sign outside his eatery informing customers that he would not be showing football games as players continue to refuse to stand or come out of the locker room for the national anthem to protest racial injustice in the United States.

“Due to the recent decision of the Pittsburgh Stealers team to stay in the locker room during our country’s National Anthem the Borio family will no longer show the NFL in our restaurant,” reads the notice posted on Facebook. “If and when this show of disrespect ends we will be happy to show this product on our restaurant again.”

A nearby pub, Cooper’s Landing, followed suit after hearing of Borio’s decision, according to KATV. “Enough is enough. It’s time for these million dollar snowflakes to stop disrespecting the Men-Women -Dogs that signed a blank check for them to act like this,” the restaurant wrote on Facebook. “Hopefully things will change.”

Baxter’s Family Food and Fun in Hixson, Tennessee and WOW Cafe and Wingery in Chalmette, Louisiana are also refusing to air recent games. After facing backlash on Sunday for her decision, WOW’s owner, Brook Songy Anastasiadis, defended her actions.

“I stand behind my decision and I want to make this clear, the sole reason that I didn’t air the game is because I feel the players disrespected the National Anthem and that is something I hold dear to my heart,” she said in a statement. “That’s how I was raised, I have family members who served our great country in the military and I was taught to respect the National Anthem, the flag, the military and people in general.”

One supposes that these small business owners have the right to air what they would like on their televisions, just like those players have the right to take a knee whenever they feel like. But from a business perspective, there are a ton of people that go out to restaurants and bars to hang out and watch football on a Sunday. If you don’t have DirecTV and want to watch multiple games, or watch your favorite team who’s out of market, sometimes it’s your only option. By boycotting the NFL, you’re not only losing customers who support the anthem protests, you’re losing people who just want to escape and watch football and follow their fantasy team. (And as this story continues to go on, I’m sure that contingent is growing.)

Football on Sundays used to be one of the few things that actually drew people together across this country, but I guess you can strike that off the list now, at least for the time being.

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  • common_sense_is

    I’ve seen friends of mine post on Facebook from inside restaurants that have chosen to boycott the NFL. My friends love the decision. The restaurants are packed. No lost business has been experienced. This liberal website continues to vastly underestimate the number of people pissed off by this.

    • Deon Hamner

      So you upset when folks get called sons of bitches from POTUS and demonstrate? Welcome to North Korea. Just to end police shootings and player being blackballed?

      • common_sense_is

        They are sons of bitches. The president is entitled to his opinion as well.

        • Deon Hamner

          But not the players? Makes sense..

          • common_sense_is

            Protest your faux narrative all you want. Just don’t do it during the anthem. Don’t disrespect the flag. Anyone that does is a piece of human garbage.

          • Shawn Diiorio

            just like our President I suppose. The criminals in the White House and D.C. have done more to disrespect the flag than any player who kneels before a song.

          • namingrightsforsale

            yep

          • namingrightsforsale

            You have “disrespected the flag” every single day you have walked around acting as if racism in the country doesn’t exist (which you clearly do by the use if “faux narrative”.) Should you maybe not be critical of others who you think are doing so?

          • common_sense_is

            The most racist people I’ve met are all black racist toward white people. There is no institutional racism in this country anymore. In fact, you are more likely to be hired if you are black in the sake of “diversity.”

          • gscott

            Hands up don’t shoot was a lie. Trayvon Martin (that looked just like Obama’s son, if he had one) was a common thief headed for a life of crime. Most of the black dead shot by cops had it coming. That is the false narrative. The truth is there are examples of cops using excessive force, the lie is it’s against blacks. There is not an effort by cops to kill blacks. There is not an epidemic of violence of cops against blacks. And blacks are not oppressed. That’s the false narrative.

    • Rey Henry

      when young black students sat the counters at white-only restaurants. they werent protesting the peach cobbler or the meat loaf.
      how about when jackie robinson refused to sit at the back of the bus when he was in the army? was he protesting the US army, no. he was standing up against racial injustice.
      yet the narrative faux news and the president have you believe is the athletes are unpatriotic a-holes. that is the problem.

      • Deon Hamner

        That’s the whole point of protesting. Making someone uncomfortable to make effective change. It is suppose to not sit right with you. The status quo is not working. And truthfully, what these players are doing is demonstrating not protesting… It’s a difference.

        • ojibweindian

          all well and good. however, saying sht always comes with a price. in this case, it’s lost viewership and pssed off fans. here’s the reality that a number of these schmoes (players) don’t understand; WE DON’T NEED THEM, THEY NEED US.

      • common_sense_is

        Explain to me exactly what they are protesting? That blacks are unfairly targeted by police despite a study by an African-American Harvard professor proving otherwise?

        • namingrightsforsale

          That study you cite still found that police are biased in their use of force…

          • common_sense_is

            Black people commit more crimes per capita by a very large margin. There are certainly a-hole cops, but many also might just fear for their life when dealing with black people. Regardless, more white people than black people are killed by cops in any case. Black people should be more focused on their own community and promoting that dads stick around to raise their kids (extremely high rate of single mothers, which is proven to have all kinds of negative consequences) and should stop killing each other at such an egregious rate.

  • Troy Appel

    They’ll start showing them again after nobody shows up when the NFL is on TV.

  • CreightonRabs

    Yoder’s take is one of the stupidest on this blog, and considering the assholes who write for this fraud of a blog, that’s saying something. Who the fuck are you to lecture business owners on how they’re supposed to react to anthem protests? But, hey, you and the rest of the jerkoffs on this blog just keep pushing that left wing agenda…

    • namingrightsforsale

      Why are you so angry?

      • CreightonRabs

        That’s none of your fucking business…

  • namingrightsforsale

    I thought conservatives were the ones who criticized liberals for being snowflakes? That certainly seems to be a case of throwing hard objects in a glass house.

  • gscott

    Yes, when NFL stars rise up to show how much they hate this country they should expect the wrath of the nation. And rightfully so.