best nfl replica jerseys bar will boycott the NFL in support of Veterans Day
FARMINGDALE The 20 TV screens at Woody’s Roadside Tavern will not show NFL games Sunday but instead will host a fundraiser for veterans and their families, a response to complaints about ongoing player protests during the national anthem.
Rob Johnson, one of the owners of the bar, said the idea for the NFL blackout came from a Vietnam veteran and regular customer who felt disrespected by NFL players taking a knee during the national anthem to protest police brutality.
“While it’ll probably costs us some money, we thought it was more important to stand with our veterans and send a message however big or small it might turn out to be,” Johnson said. “For us, it’s not a political statement, we’re here supporting our veterans on Veterans Day weekend.”
Two veterans groups the Green Beret Foundation and Special Forces Chapter 19 will receive 20 percent of all food sales, Johnson said. Both groups will use the money to help military families.
Johnson, who lives in Howell,
said members of Special Forces Chapter 19 hold their monthly meetings there. They and other veterans who frequent the bar have expressed their disappointment with the NFL.
“They’re 100 percent behind the right to protest, that’s one of the greatest thing about our country but they just feel like (the players) take the national anthem, our flag, to a whole other level,” Johnson said. “If you want to protest, that’s fine. But veterans hold (the flag) in such a revered place in their hearts.”
“They just feel disrespected,” Johnson said.
Johnson, who purchased the bar about five years ago, said he never expected the decision to boycott NFL games to get so much attention. The bar was featured on Fox News and they’ve received at least 200 emails, mostly expressing support for the cause.