A bar in Wilder, Kentucky, plans on hosting a National Football League (NFL) merchandise burning party this Sunday to protest the league’s handling of national anthem demonstrations.
The Top 10 Sports Bar also plans on awarding “various prizes and drink specials” during the demonstration from noon to 4 p.m. local time that afternoon.
“The patrons of the Top 10 Sports Bar are extremely patriotic, and like MOST Americans, have HAD ENOUGH of the disrespect the NFL has shown our beloved American flag and our National Anthem!” the event’s Facebook page says.
“This is to protest the anti-American, anti-US Military, and anti-First Responder stance of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, along with various anti-American NFL players and owners across the league,” the description adds.
“Patriotic Americans are FED UP and are demanding it STOP!! Politics has NO PLACE in professional sports and the American people have had ENOUGH!!”
Some Twitter users on Friday mocked the bar’s decision, while others on the social media platform shared photos of the establishment and praised its stance.
The Top 10 Sports Bar’s event description added that the event would include “local radio personality and President Trump supporter” Eric Deters.
Wilder fire officials on Friday told Fox 19 that they had reached out to the state fire marshal’s office to make sure the event won’t violate any laws.
“They called us for a burning permit earlier and we told them it was OK as long as they keep it in a barrel, but are checking now to make sure they can burn jerseys,” Wilder Fire Chief Jim Profitt said.
Scores of NFL coaches, executives and players have knelt during the national anthem in recent days.
Trump last Friday called on the NFL to fire employees who engage in the practice, and he has since reiterated he thinks it “disgraceful.”
Former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick began kneeling during the national anthem in 2016 to protest America’s racial injustice.
Critics say the move is unpatriotic, while supporters counter it is a vital display of free speech instead.
We asked veterans how they really feel about the NFL anthem protests.