A Missouri bar owner is taking heat for what at least one passer-by saw as a racist doormat out front, the jerseys’ of Marshawn Lynch and Colin Kaepernick.
Owner Jason Burle told KOMU that he started his bar, SNAFU, near the Bagnell Dam as a way to honor military veterans, with military discounts, a “hall of heroes” and flags mounted on the wall. A former member of the U.S. Air Force himself, Burle told the mid-Missouri TV station that NFL players kneeling during the national anthem didn’t sit well with him.
So, in response, Burle ordered two NFL jerseys — one of Marshawn Lynch and the other of Colin Kaepernick — to use as a doormat outside the bar. Kaepernick, of course, set off a firestorm by “taking a knee” last year, a silent criticism of racism in the U.S. that has since triggered a national movement. Marshawn Lynch has also joined in the demonstrations (although why he was chosen out of all the others following Kaepernick’s lead is something astute readers may speculate about).
The doormat display apparently went over just fine with patrons until a guy named Taylor Sloan took offense and put the bar on blast.
“That’s not the Missouri I know,” Sloan told KOMU. “It just kind of upset me really bad. Put a bad taste in my mouth.”
Sloan took a picture of the jerseys and took to the SNAFU Facebook page to express his disgust, posting to the page and giving the bar a one-star review on Sunday.
“There’s a reason why the NAACP issued a travel warning for Missouri,” Sloan posted. “Pretty obvious the lack of professionalism at this bar. You lost my business the moment you decided to showcase this kind of behavior.”
A heated conversation with Burle followed.