As a reaction to NFL players kneeling and sitting during the national anthem, a tavern owner by the name ofJason Burle decided to put jerseys from two of the protesting players — Colin Kaepernick and Marshawn Lynch — down as doormats of the S.N.A.F.U. Bar in Lake Ozark, MO. After seeing the arrangement of these jerseys representing two African-American ballplayers, a passerby named Taylor Sloan decided to take to the pub’s Facebook page to call out the racist connotations of the “Lynch Kaepernick” display. “You are also expressing hate, violence and continuing American racism under the faux guise of patriotism,” Sloan wrote. But Burle responded: “It’s funny to me that someone would look that far deeply into it just to find a racist link.”
The bar owner tells local news station KOMU that the arrangement was not intentional, and he has since reversed the order of the jerseys. But Burle, a former member of the Air Force, is adamant bout keeping the jerseys as doormats because he believes that the peaceful protesting by the NFL players is somehow disrespectful to veterans. “I commend them for what they’re doing, as far as the right goes. I fought for that right,” Burle tells KOMU. “The same thing that gives them that right gives me the right to place these out here.”
Although the Facebook exchange between Sloan and Burle is no longer online, the bar owner decided to update his page with a military meme that reads: “Sorry if my patriotism offends you. Trust your lack of spine offends me more.” And now he’s complaining that the dust-up with Sloan is impacting his bar’s ratings online:
Many of the commenters on this post are further pointing out the racist implications of his jersey doormats. Maybe now he’ll finally get the message.