The NFL has been in the midst of a major controversy regarding several players joining in protests against the national anthem. The protests began with former San Francisco 49ers' quarterback Colin Kaepernick when he refused to stand for the national anthem in support of the Black Lives Matter movement, claiming the people of color in our country are not treated fairly.
Since Kaepernick’s controversial stance, many football players have followed his choice to kneel during the anthem. Now, even a major restaurant chain was involved in the controversy after one employee took a stance against the national anthem, too.
On September 11th of this year, friends and families went to enjoy some Monday night football at Buffalo Wild Wings in Riverside County, California. They never expected that at the time of the national anthem, employees would mute the sound during the game.
According to CBS LA, one customer named Lori asked why they would not keep the sound on during the star spangled banner song. One staff member replied that it was too “controversial” and additionally, claimed it was a company policy.
Customers were outraged. The local news source stated that pictures of the employee were circulating around social media at one point, with a number of comments condemning the BWW employee’s actions.
See a facebook post written to the restaurant's social media site for more information below. The statement does say that BWW did not issue a response originally, but CBS reported that they later apologized, informing the public that a policy banning the national anthem does not exist within their company.
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