A Buffalo Wild Wings franchise in Southern California is under fire after an employee turned down “The Star-Spangled Banner” during a football game on 9/11, claiming that it was company policy to mute the national anthem.
According to KCBS-TV, a customer who was at the Buffalo Wild Wings in Eastvale, California — a town in Riverside County — says that the employee turned down the anthem during the Chargers-Broncos game on Monday night.
When the bartender who turned down the anthem was asked why he decided to censor the anthem, the customer said, he responded that playing the anthem was “too controversial” and that it was company policy to turn down the TVs when it was played before sporting events.
However, the customer said that the anthem was played during the previous game on Monday night.
“No one understood what was so controversial,” said the customer, identified only as “Lori.” “It’s 9/11, it’s a sporting event, why is it controversial?”
Lori posted the employee’s picture on social media, where it immediately garnered significant attention.
Both the franchise owner and a manager apologized for what happened, with the franchise owner clarifying that there was no Buffalo Wild Wings policy prohibiting the playing of the national anthem on televised sporting events.
“World Wide Wings, a Buffalo Wild Wings franchise, apologizes for what happened at our restaurant before the Monday Night Football game,” the franchise owner said, according to the Washington Times. “We do not have a policy regarding this matter.”
However, nothing was mentioned about the employee. One would think if Buffalo Wild Wings or the franchise had an affirmative policy toward the national anthem, something would be done about an employee who decided to disrespect an American tradition and blame it on company policy.
The fact that the disrespect to the anthem in question happened on 9/11 makes things even worse. One gets the feeling that this won’t be the last we hear of this — particularly given the circumstances.
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