A restaurant has managed to twist the biggest sports world controversy of the year into a publicity stunt. Virginia Beach resident James Perry was shocked to find a Colin Kaepernick jersey taped to the floor at Krossroads Rock and Country Bar in Virginia Beach last week, WTKR reports, apparently being used as a doormat for patrons to walk on.
Perry posted a photo of his discovery to Facebook on Saturday in a post that’s since been shared more than 5,000 times.
In a message accompanying the photo he wrote, “This young man is exercising his constitutional right and is being villianized for it! Didn’t hit his wife, didn’t rape nobody, didn’t get caught abusing drugs, or get charged and cleared for murdering two people! Oh, and did not shoot any unarmed citizens! But yet his jersey is used as a foot mat! Racism is real people and yes this is a racist act...an overall disgusting one! Boycott this racist ass bar!”
Kaepernick’s decision to begin kneeling during the national anthem last month has ignited heated debate about not only the oppression of Black Americans and police brutality, but also pro athletes using their fame as a platform for political dissent; the 49ers quarterback recently revealed he’s received death threats over his protest.
WTKR spoke to Krossroads’ manager and reports he “told [them] taping the jersey down was about sportsmanship and Kaepernick's disrespect of the flag — not race.”
As has become typical when restaurants place themselves at the center of controversies, people have taken to Yelp to express their views on Krossroads’ treatment of Kaepernick’s jersey, flooding the page with dozens of negative reviews.