A New Jersey bar commemorated Veterans Day over the weekend by boycotting the NFL.
Woody’s Roadside Tavern in Farmingdale tuned out football after a Vietnam veteran and regular customer expressed to the owners that he felt disrespected by players who have protested police brutality and racial injustice by kneeling during the national anthem.
“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,” co-owner Rob Johnson told NJ.com.
“For us, it’s not a political statement. We’re here supporting our veterans on Veterans Day weekend.”
Instead of the games, the bar hosted a fund-raising concert and donated proceeds from food and drink sales to local veterans groups.
Inside the bar and along the outdoor deck, patrons sang the national anthem in unison.
As for football, the crowd didn’t miss much. The Jets lost 15-10 on the road to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and the Giants lost 31-21 to the winless San Francisco 49ers, whose former quarterback, Colin Kaepernick, began the anthem protests.