The NFL has been floundering for over a year now due to push-back from fans over players kneeling during the National Anthem. On Sunday, over 100 players kneeled, put fists in the air or just altogether refused to come out of the locker room during the anthem. Many were understandably perturbed by these incidents, but one man found the situation so egregious that he quit his job of 30 years.
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Erich Nikischer has been a worker for the Buffalo Bills for over 30 years, according to the Daily Mail. He thought he would finish out his working days with the organization. But when numerous Bills players kneeled during the anthem, Nikischer had had enough.
“I waited until the national anthem ended, I took off my shirt, threw my Bills hat on the ground, walked out,” Nikischer told WGRZ.
“During the National Anthem…the song that is about our country, our veterans that fight and die for us, it’s just something I feel you shouldn’t disrespect that way,” he added.
Nikischer made a point to state he has no problem with the protest before the National Anthem. “I believe people have the right to protest; I just don’t believe that’s the proper venue for it.”
The former employee of the Bills posted an image of the last time he would walk through the stadium tunnel on a social media post that has since gone viral. It was shared over 8,400 times in under a day.
Many are arguing that when Trump spoke at a rally in Alabama Friday and called for owners to “get that son of a b**** off the field,” (his reference to players kneeling during the anthem) it would create additional problems.
It seemed that many of the men that normally wouldn’t kneel for the anthem found themselves doing so just to spite the president’s remarks.
“I can’t stand and support something where our leader of this country is just acting like a jerk,” Bills’ star running back, LeSean McCoy, said after beating the Denver Broncos.
While many were angered by Trump’s remarks, some took offense to being called a “son of a b****.”
“I know for a fact that I’m no son of a b****, and I plan on continuing forward and doing whatever I can from my position to promote the equality that’s needed in this country,” DeShone Kizer, Cleveland Browns’ rookie quarterback, said in his post-game speech.
So it would seem that the drama over players protesting is not over; it’s escalating.