A Marine veteran and restaurant owner recently decided that he had enough of all the disrespect being dished out by NFL players who were taking a knee during the National anthem and thought he’d do a little protesting of his own by boycotting the games and not playing them in his establishment.After checking with the rest of his leadership team to make sure they were all on the same page with this decision, Bill DeFries said they were ready to accept the downtick in business as a result of standing on principle, expecting things to dwindle significantly.
They called DirecTV to cancel the NFL package and were told they would have to take a $6,000 loss, which seemed to signal the beginning of the bad news DeFries and his team had been expecting.
But then something happened.
Conservative Fighters is reporting:
DeFries told the Dayton Daily News that people have been coming. In droves:
“Every day our sales have been up between 200 and 300 percent. People we have never seen before are driving hours to support us and the employees. We have received heart-warming and supportive phone calls, emails and direct messages from people all over the United States thanking us.”
Not only are supporters walking into his restaurant and spending money, but they’re giving the veteran attaboys on social media:DeFries said, “It turns out the enormous amount of pride and reverence that we have for the national anthem and everything that it means to us as a free people … is shared by the vast majority of Americans.”
And he said he’s “seeing it firsthand.”
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Many other restaurants, sports bars, and establishments have taken the same stand as DeFries, opting to boycott the NFL this season as a personal means of protesting against the disrespect being shown to our country, our men and women in uniform, and our flag — all with similar results.
The bottom line is the average American viewer is sick and tired of everything being politicized, including sports, and are letting the NFL know in no uncertain terms that they’d just rather not even watch if that’s going to be the focal point of their broadcasts.
Ratings for Sunday games has dropped significantly, but as of now, it doesn’t seem the NFL is going to take any steps to reverse the trend, preferring to look like hip activists instead of entertaining their fan base.