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Buffalo Bills players kneel during the national anthem prior to an NFL football game against the Denver Broncos, Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017, in Orchard Park, N.Y. (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes)

An NFL stadium worker walked off the job after nearly 30 years over the anthem protests


A veteran NFL stadium worker from New York walked off the job after nearly 30 years over players protesting the national anthem.

“I waited until the National Anthem ended, I took off my shirt, threw my Bills hat on the ground, walked out."
Erich Nikischer, former stadium employee at New Era Field

Erich Nikischer told WCSH he doesn't have an issue with players peacefully protesting before the national anthem, but that he thinks it is disrespectful to do so during the song.

“During the National Anthem… the song that is about our country, our veterans that fight and die for us, it's just something I feel you shouldn't disrespect that way,” he continued. "I believe people have the right to protest; I just don't believe that's the proper venue for it.”

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The decision to walk away from the Buffalo Bills and New Era Field wasn't an easy one for Nikischer. He said he'll miss those with whom he worked. But he was firm in his opposition to the anthem protests.

“I will never step foot in the that place again, I will never watch an NFL football game again until this ends,” Nikischer said.

More than 200 National Football League (NFL) players protested on Sunday following the president's comments and tweets suggesting that players who protest the anthem should be fired.

On Monday, Trump praised NASCAR for their threats to punish those who engage in the anthem protests.

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