Athletes, fans, and even NYPD officers are among the many Colin Kaepernick supporters who are voicing their outrage over the free-agent quarterback remaining unsigned as we move closer to the start of the NFL regular season.
Now, two bars in Chicago have announced that they will boycott the league by not showing any games until Kaepernick gets signed, DNAinfo Chicago reported. The Bureau Bar and the Velvet Lounge made an announcement on social media Thursday with the same message, writing:
We will “BE SUPPORTING COLIN KAPERNICK’S CAUSE AND WILL NOT BE SHOWING ANY NFL GAMES UNTIL SOMETHING CHANGES. WE LOOK FORWARD TO SERVING YOU. #blackbarblackout #nflboycott #footballseason #nfl #colinkaepernick”
Many of Kaepernick’s supporters believe he is being blackballed by the NFL for protesting the national anthem and being vocal about social injustice.
The owner of the two bars explained his reason for the boycott, via DNAinfo Chicago:
“Every bar benefits from football games … this is more about right and wrong,” said Kenny Johnson, who lives in the South Loop and owns both bars. “We’ll take a hit, but be OK.”
Johnson said it “just didn’t sit well” with him that Kaepernick “can’t get a job when he’s better than a number of quarterbacks who have jobs.” As a black man, Johnson said he and many of his friends have been unfairly profiled by police before.
“This was a way to make a statement,” Johnson said. “Hopefully something changes and I would encourage other bars to do this also.”