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An American flag covers the field before an NFL football game between the Philadelphia Eagles and the New York Giants, Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017, in Philadelphia.(Photo: Michael Perez, AP)The restaurant ownerwho announced Sunday that he would not show NFL games in his establishment until all players stand for the national anthem is speaking about the decision.
David McCraw, owner of Palmetto Restaurant Ale House, said the decision to pull NFL programming from his televisions was a no brainer.
“Truthfully, profit loss didn’t even enter into my decision at all, it was more anger,” McCraw said.
He made the announcement late Sunday night after seeing how NFL teams reacted to the national anthem ahead of Sunday’s games. Dozens of players across the league knelt during the national anthem in reaction to comments made by President Donald Trump at a Friday rally.
Former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick began kneeling during the national anthem in 2016 as a protest against racial inequality and police brutality. He was joined in the following months by a handful of other players. Sunday’s protests were the most widespread,
so far. Air Force and though he doesn’t support the way the protests are being handled, he does say he believes the message has merit.
“There are inequalities in the United States and I understand what they’re talking about, but there needs to be open dialog between everyone and the people who are making the complaints and exercising their first amendment rights also need to bring solutions to the table,”McCraw said. “It’s easy to criticize and point out when things are wrong, but we also need to figure out the right way to handle it and to fix it.”
Greenville bar won show NFL games until all players stand for anthem
McCraw removed his original Facebook post on Tuesday after he said the comments got out of hand. He said people were making threats.
“I was trying to minimize the back and forth between the people who were on the post itself making comments,” McCraw said.
He made another NFL related post,praising the Dallas Cowboys for their handling of the national anthem ahead of Monday Night Football. The team knelt with arms linked before the anthem, then rose to standing as a team during the anthem.
“I’m all for protest, but in a respectful manner,” McCraw said.
Palmetto Restaurant Ale House doesn’t host anyof the Upstate NFL fan clubs, but McCraw said Sunday usually brings “a decent crowd.”
As for what he expects this Sunday,
he said they’re bringing in a band for entertainment and he hopes the weather will cooperate so people can enjoy the patio and just have a good time.