“We place a much higher value on our great country than any sporting event.”
The owners of a D.C.-area restaurant put principles before profits by pulling the plug on the viewing of NFL games as long as players continue to protest during the national anthem.
Although the owners’ stand saw them lose some customers and receive a trashing on social media, the National Sheriffs’ Association has come to the rescue to support the owners of the Fat Tuesday’s in Fairfax, Virginia.
“National Sheriffs’ Association is going to pay the check of any #lawenforcementofficer’s meal at Fat Tuesday’s,” it tweeted.
Owners R.L. and Karen Butler told customers that after watching a protest-filled weekend, they thought enough was enough.
— Nat Sheriffs’ Assoc. (@NationalSheriff) September 29, 2017
“As proud parents of an active-duty member of the U.S. Army and a veteran of Afghanistan, we stand on the side of our brave men and women in uniform, not the men in sports costumes that take a knee and disrespect our country, our national anthem, our military and our veterans,” they said, referencing their daughter’s military service.
“We place a much higher value on our great country than any sporting event. Therefore, we will not be showing any NFL games at Fat Tuesday’s until there is a stop to this foolishness,” they wrote.
“On our end we’re probably foolish to do this, but we are gonna lose business over this, but on the other hand enough is enough,” Butler said in an interview.
Although Butler has avoided politics for the 35 years he has run a restaurant, this was too much.
“How can people dishonor our flag or our country or our national anthem?” he said.
Butler was correct that he would be criticized for his stand.
WJLA reported that customer it did not name said he would not come back until the games do, saying the owner fails to understand that the NFL players are taking a stand about the social injustice and racial inequality.
A Facebook poster named Barbara B. Sockwell called for a boycott in response to the restaurant’s action.
“I’m going to need Virginians to boycott Fat Tuesdays in Fairfax. Apparently they do not understand that black lives matter and that this stance against the national anthem has nothing to do with the flag, vets, first responders, etc. So they’re refusing to air NFL games. I say boycott all Fat Tuesdays. They weren’t getting any of my money anyway. I guess the NFL is supposed to demand the players to stand. As if they are slaves. They have a right to protest. It’s time we’re exercising our freedom of speech,” she posted.
In response, the National Sheriffs’ Association rose to the challenge by sending the restaurant $1,000 to cover the cost of the free meals.
In a further show of support, deputy executive director John Thompson and his wife will be at Fat Tuesday’s on Sunday, the Washington Examiner reported.