Owner Iraj “Ira” Rafei says he now refuses to show the games because NFL players are disrespecting the American flag and anthem.
But after Trump wistfully dreamed of a day NFL team owners would fire any “son of a bitch” player who dared kneel during the national anthem to protest police violence against black men, the silent protest has expanded into a movement.
He shut down showings of NFL games at his shop and deli last month which inspired customer complaints about the owner’s political stance on Yelp and the Cully neighborhood’s Next Door app.
“They got political when they wouldn’t put any of the NFL games on after Trump attacked the league and players for kneeling during the anthem.
Rafei says he is not responding to the content of the protest over police violence just how people treat the anthem.
I also told her that the owner has every right to not show the games for any reason he chooses and I support that and I have the right to choose where I spend my money.
“If they’re actually going to come watch the NFL games, fine, I’ll show them the games,” he says.