As an avid fan of the NFL, when I first saw that Marshawn Lynch was sitting for the national anthem, my biggest fear was that some poor sportscaster would accidentally say, “Lynch, Kaepernick” and it’d be furiously tweeted and turned into a meme. While that didn’t happen, that nightmare “Lynch Kaepernick” scenario ended up happening at a Missouri bar.
S.N.A.F.U. Bar in Lake Ozark, is in a bit of a snafu after owner Jason Burle reportedly tried to make a statement of his own. Burle is a military veteran who fully honors service members in his establishment, while he, along with a lot of his patrons do not fully agree with the NFL players’ decision to kneel during the national anthem.
That’s all fine.
His form of protest, however, looked a little bit racist.
It’s been widely known that Lynch and Colin Kaepernick are two of the more familiar faces in the protests, so Burle bought their jerseys and turned them into makeshift doormats. Entering customers were able to step on them and wipe their feet in in disgust.
Again, that is also fine.
What wasn’t totally fine, was that the way the jerseys were placed, which made it look like it read, “Lynch Kapernick.”
A passerby took a photo of the doormat, and even got in a heated Facebook argument with the owner, but Burle swore he meant no harm.
“They were placed the way they came out of the box,” Burle told KOMU news. “I ordered them together, we pulled them out of the box, and taped them down. There was no ill-intent.”
If that is truly the case, it was some pretty damn unfortunate placement. Burle has since switched the order of the jerseys, as he wanted to still make his statement, but the hateful insinuation is no longer present.
It’s probably best to give Burle the benefit of the doubt, but that was one hell of an accident.
h/t and screenshot from KOMU newscast video