Two bars in Chicago will not show any NFL games, including Bears games, until “something changes” in regard to Colin Kaepernick.
Velvet Lounge and Bureau Bar announced Wednesday in two identical Instagram posts that they will not broadcast NFL games until Kaepernick’s situation is addressed.
“Every bar benefits from football games ... this is more about right and wrong,” Kenny Johnson, the owner of both bars, told DNAinfo Chicago. “We’ll take a hit, but be OK.”
Colin Kaepernick remains an unsigned free agent. He began kneeling instead of standing during the national anthem during the 2016 preseason, when he was the quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers.
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“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” Kaepernick said at the time, according to NFL.com.
The Velvet Lounge and Bureau Bar will “do something else” on football nights, the owner said.