Various outlets in Louisiana, Texas, New York and South Carolina have all said that they will no longer be showing the games, with one restaurant, Borio’s in upstate New York, posting a notice on its doors that read: “If and when this show of disrespect ends we will be happy to show this product in our restaurant again.” The protest, which was started last year by then-San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick to highlight racial inequality and injustice in the US, had received sporadic support from fellow players prior to US President Donald Trump’s appearance at a rally in Alabama Friday night.
Addressing the crowd, Trump lambasted Kaepernick’s protest, saying: “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now.
He’s fired!’” In response, NFL players and owners released statements criticizing the president’s remarks, which resulted in many more of the league’s players taking up the #TakeAKnee protest over the weekend.
Three teams remained in the dressing room during the anthem.
David McCraw of Palmetto Restaurant and Ale House in Greenville, South Carolina, said that he would begin showing the games again, once all players pay respect to the American flag and country.