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Missouri bar being criticized for "Lynch-Kaepernick" doormat

Missouri bar being criticized for

A Missouri bar owner is taking heat for what at least one passerby saw as a racist doormat out front.

KOMU-TV reports the display outside the SNAFU Bar in Lake Ozark originally showed Marshawn Lynch's Oakland Raiders jersey taped to the ground to the left of Kaepernick's 49ers jersey.

Jason Burle has been running a Lake of the Ozarks bar for nearly two years, a project that gives a nod to his military roots.

"It's not a race thing", SNAFU owner Burle claimed of his jersey. "A lot of people want to twist it around to be a race thing". Kaepernick, of course, set off a firestorm by "taking a knee" past year, a silent criticism of racism in the USA that has since triggered a national movement.

Soooo, is just a coincidence that the jerseys used are Kaepernick and Lynch's?

"We pulled them out of the box, taped them down".

And a lot of the patrons of his bar would walk on them just the same.

After being called out by Sloan over the jersey placement, Burle sent a picture to KOMU Tuesday showing they had been switched so the Kaepernick jersey is on the left and Lynch on the right.

The Michigan Legislative Black Caucus is calling for the resignation or firing of the head of the State Police for sharing a Facebook post calling NFL players who protest during the national anthem "anti-American. Put a bad taste in my mouth".

"That's not the Missouri I know", Sloan said.

The exchange between the two men online became heated.

"If he honestly didn't see that, he should change it", Sloan said. They're still doormats, only now they spell out "Kaepernick Lynch". Despite the controversy, Burle stands by his use of the jerseys, both on social media and in interviews since then. "There was no ill intent". "The same thing that gives them that right gives me the right to place these out here".

"I commend them for what they're doing as far as the right goes", Burle said.

"If someone thinks that I mean personal harm to someone, they don't know me", said Burle.

Mr Burle's comments echo those of President Donald Trump, who recently claimed the National Football League players are "disrespecting our Flag & Country".

Burle said he started the bar as a way to give back to military veterans.



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