Following Anthem Protests, Marine Corp Vet Takes Matters Into His Own Hands…

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 24: Jacksonville Jaguars Owner Shahid Kahn links arms with his team as some players take a knee during the National Anthem during the NFL match between the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Baltimore Ravens at Wembley Stadium on September 24, 2017 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mitchell Gunn/Getty Images)

After hundreds of NFL players refused to stand for the playing of the National Anthem during their games last weekend, some businesses are responding by canceling their NFL Sunday Ticket subscriptions.

Marine Corps veteran and Ohio businessman Bill DeFries says he found the gestures to be “offensive and disrespectful” and has sought a refund from DirecTV.

Per Bizpac Review:

A growing number of businesses are boycotting the National Football League until players stop disrespecting the national anthem.

Ohio businessman Bill DeFries decided to stop showing NFL games at his restaurant after more than 100 football players refused to stand for the anthem last Sunday.

“While I respect the right of every American to express their views and voices freely, the actions demonstrated by the NFL players during the national anthem was offensive and disrespectful to me as a proud veteran and all my fellow veterans,” DeFries told Fox Business’ David Asman.

The businessman says he no longer wishes to show the games, regardless of how his customers may respond:

He doesn’t care if sales are hurt by his decision because he won’t allow the NFL to continue its anti-American protesting at his restaurant. So far, business has been good, as most of his customers agree with him.

“We are a family restaurant, and we have been for 13 years,” he said. “[Customers] come in to relax and be entertained.”

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DeFries said clients don’t want to be lectured at or have propaganda thrown in their faces when they’re trying to relax.

DeFries is joined by several other restaurants which have decided against showing NFL games and are hoping for a refund for their sports package:

The only snag has been that DirecTV has refused to refund $6,000 to DeFries after he canceled his NFL Sunday Ticket package (yo DirecTV, stop being jerks!) but he hopes they will change their mind.

“They wouldn’t refund our $6,000, but they’re doing it for their residential customers,” Bill said. “Hopefully, they’ll change their mind.”

They’re going to have to, because other restaurants across the nation are also canceling their NFL packages. So far, seven more restaurants have joined Bill DeFries by boycotting the NFL, Sports Illustrated reported. They include:

  • Baxters Family Food & Fun (Tennessee)
  • Borio’s (New York)
  • Canyon Road Barn and Grill (Texas)
  • Cooper’s Landing (New York)
  • Palmetto Restaurant and Ale House (South Carolina)
  • Sarita’s Grill & Cantina Denham (Louisiana), and
  • WOW Cafe & Wingery (Louisiana).

A few NFL teams have responded by announcing they would no longer be kneeling or sitting during the Anthem.