Amid the anthem-kneeling controversy, one bar in New Jersey has decided to stop turning on the NFL on Sundays — and over Veteran’s Day weekend, decided to do something special in place of showing the games.
Woody’s Roadside Tavern decided to raise money for veterans with a live band, having the proceeds go to the Green Beret Foundation and the Special Forces Charitable Trust.
Employees and bar patrons also took time to sing the national anthem during the event.
“Yesterday was the pinnacle of my life, to do something for the veterans first-hand in a local community,” co-owner Rob Johnson said on Fox & Friends.
Over Veteran’s Day weekend, only three NFL players kneeled, suggesting a possible shift away from the demonstrations.
The league has been dealing with a fan backlash this season over the kneeling for the Star Spangled Banner before games, with critics saying the actions are disrespectful to the military and law enforcement.
While the protests first started with then-49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick back in 2016, the story gained more coverage after President Trump said in September that fans should “leave the stadium” as soon as players take knee and also urged owners to get involved, telling them to “get that son of a b*tch off the field right now. He’s fired. He’s fired!”