South Carolina bar cancels NFL package over anthem controversy

Detroit Lions defensive end Armonty Bryant (97), defensive tackle A'Shawn Robinson (91) and defensive end Cornelius Washington (90) take a knee during the national anthem. (Duane Burleson/AP)

IRMO, S.C. — A South Carolina bar has cancelled its NFL package over players not standing for the national anthem.

WIS-TV reports that manager Kim Lanier says Lucky’s Burger Shack nixed its package after conversations with customers over current events. Lanier said the Irmo establishment would show a game playing on a local channel if a customer asked to watch it.

The move follows President Donald Trump’s statements last month that any NFL players who kneel during the anthem should be fired. That prompted more players to kneel during Sunday games. Other players stood and locked arms with teammates or stayed in the locker room during the anthem.

Last month, Palmetto Restaurant and Ale House in Greenville said it wouldn’t show NFL games until players stopped kneeling and began respecting the American flag.

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