A restaurant in Hudson, Wisconsin, is among those calling for a boycott of the NFL after players and coaches have used the national anthem to protest racism and police brutality.
Mallory’s restaurant and bar announced on Facebook this week that it would no longer play NFL games on TV. The announcement comes after players from teams across the league kneeled, linked arms, raised fists or sat out the national anthem during the first games of the season on Sunday and Monday.
“Mallory’s will NOT be showing NFL games until the players, coaches and ownership stand and respect the American Flag,” the post read.
Protests during the anthem aren't new in the NFL, with Colin Kaepernick famously kneeling during the anthem while on the San Francisco 49ers in 2016.
But further calls to end police brutality and systemic racism emerged following the death of George Floyd during his arrest in Minneapolis in May, sparking widespread protests and – in some cities – rioting.
During the summer, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell expressed support of peaceful protests during the anthem, representing a shift in the stance adopted in recent years.
Still, calls to boycott the NFL over the protests continued. President Donald Trump has attacked players who participate in past years, and did so again this weekend.
Mallory's continued to explain its position after many posted criticism in the comments.
“Choosing to not financially support or watch the NFL until they stand & respect the flag is a choice. America," it wrote.
"If you choose not to support the restaurant because of this decision that’s your choice and we respect it. America. There are plenty of other places to watch the NFL .. and some people may just enjoy going to a place with no NFL on TV. America."