A Florida restaurant owner is taking a stand on kneeling by canceling their DIRECTV NFL Sunday Ticket package for the upcoming 2018 season. “Last year, with the kneeling and the disrespect to our veterans and our flag and our country, I was very upset,” Curtis West, the owner of the Beef O’Brady’s bar in Brooksville, told a local Fox affiliate on Monday. The bar will save around $5,200 with the cancellation, and the restaurant owner said they plan instead to offer veterans a 40 percent discount on food on Sunday game days. “Beef O’Brady’s will not be financially supporting the NFL this year due to their lack of compassion and gratitude for our American service members,” the poster read. “Our National Anthem is one of the methods we as American citizens have always used to show our appreciation to all military service members, past or present, alive or dead. This tradition deserves respect and unfortunately, the NFL does not feel that same way,” it adds. “So, for this season, we will not be purchasing the NFL ticket. Perhaps, it will make a difference if it hits their wallets.” “This is what we are doing, this is the stance we take, and the money we would’ve spent, we are going to spend on our vets,” West continued to say of the change.
West realizes that the change means a slower business on Sundays, but he believes it is well worth the risk. “We are proud to support our troops, we don’t kneel, and thank you for your service,” West added. “It’s a big deal to us.” “I am an American patriot,” West said. “I am not that kind of guy, but it makes me angry, it really does. The people that are doing the protests, I don’t believe their intention is to disrespect our veterans but that is what has come from this.” “This is what we are doing, this is the stance we take, and the money we would’ve spent, we are going to spend on our vets,” West added.