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NJ Bar Tunes Out NFL Games For Veterans Day - Here's What They Did Instead

In years past, thoughts of sports and patriotism went hand in hand. Fast forward to today, and that’s no longer the case. The rash of NFL players protesting the National Anthem helped to take care of that, and it’s unclear if things will ever go back to where they were. The issue sparked a tremendous amount of passionate response, and it’s one of those debates that doesn’t point to a cool-headed resolution. There’s a lot of reasons for that, but the overriding theme stems from the fact that NFL itself did not handle its own internal housekeeping.

The powers that be within the league essentially turned a blind eye to the protests. The protests were allowed to go on unchecked, and they wound up growing as a result. All the while, there was a tremendous lack of clarity on what the players were protesting to begin with. Rather than gathering the players together to get to the bottom of things and find a solution that was amenable to all parties, the league ignored the situation until its hand was forced.

All the while, scores of fans became more and more upset at the sight of highly-paid athletes disrespecting the flag and anthem for unclear reasons. While that may not have been the athlete’s intent, that was the only thing of significance that was accomplished by any of the protests that have taken place. For some fans, that was enough for them to have their view of the game they loved forever altered. So what can the fans that feel this way do in response? Perhaps they can follow the lead of this New Jersey bar.

As Fox News Insider shares, Woody's Roadside Tavern decided not to show the NFL games on Sunday in honor of Veterans Day. This was a pretty big risk for the establishment, but the owners felt there was an important point that needed to be made. Instead of showing the games, they would hold a fundraiser for veterans. The response blew them away.

Co-owners Chris Maltese, Jennifer Knapp, and Rob Johnson appeared on ‘Fox & Friends’ to discuss the big day, and Maltese acknowledged they got the idea from a customer. That customer asked them to turn off the games in honor of veterans, but the owners decided to take things a step further. In addition to shunning the games, they organized an event that featured a performance by country group After the Reign.

Veterans came from miles around to share in the festivities, and a portion of all proceeds from the eventful day will go to veterans charities.

"Yesterday was the pinnacle of my life, to do something for the veterans first-hand in a local community," Johnson added.

All in all, it’s a perfect response to a protest that has rubbed far too many folks the wrong way. The NFL is currently in scramble mode as the league attempts to repair the damage to its reputation. While the powers that be work through that, perhaps more establishments can follow the lead of Woody’s and engage in their own little protest to get their point across loud and clear.

Source: Fox News Insider
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