BEAVERCREEK, Ohio (WDTN) – This is the second year the Beef O’ Brady’s in Beavercreek will not
show any National Football League games because of players kneeling during the National Anthem.
“One year ago, I made the decision to stop showing NFL games at my restaurant Beef O’Brady’s,” said the franchise location’s owner, Bill DeFries in post on the restaurant’s Facebook page. “This football season, we are continuing that tradition.”
The post went on to say the store received support, donations, and visits from supporters both near and far last year.
Linda Hoesktra owns The Designery Hair Salon in the same complex and said she saw it firsthand.
“As a business owner, he took a big leap of faith that his customers would keep patronizing him with a very polarizing issue,” said Hoekstra. “I give him a lot of credit, I don’t think it hurt his business at all.”
On Facebook, the post received both support and criticism, with some commenting their support for the players and peacefully protesting what they say are societal injustices against African Americans.
Others like Bob Zukowski say they do not appreciate the kneeling, but disagree with the business’ decision.
“I don’t think it has any spot in NFL football, it’s got nothing to do with football, that’s your personal belief one way or the other,” said Zukowski. “But I totally disagree with them not showing the games too. I think that’s silly, that’s like two kids fighting in the street for nothing.”
Another Beavercreek resident, David Sonora, said he will continue to watch professional football, but fully supports the restaurant’s decision.
“I think it’s a pretty bold move but I agree with it,” said Sonora. “I think they should have put a stop to it right from the beginning. If they’d taken action, it probably wouldn’t have gone this far. I suppose I believe in their protests, I just think there’s a better way to do it.”
The restaurant’s post also said by not showing any of the NFL games, they will not have to pay a $7,400 fee, and instead will donate it to veterans’ causes instead.