Business owner will not show NFL games at his steakhouse

Amid protests and opposition to the National Anthem in the NFL, a local business owner in Breckenridge is speaking out by taking his own stand against the league.


"I have a lot of respect for our National Anthem," said Kent Thompson, owner of Canyon Road Barn and Grill.

Thompson is a military veteran, having served from 1986 to 1990.

"I served in the United States Marine Corps. to protect the rights of those that want to burn the flag, desecrate the flag."

Thompson said as NFL players continue to kneel during the National Anthem, he has decided to exercise his First Amendment right.

"They have the right to protest in whatever means they see fit. I have the right to air whatever I see fit," said Thompson.

 Thompson has decided he will not show any NFL games at his restaurant, announcing the news on the steakhouse's Facebook page.

"We were already closed on Sunday and Monday, it will affect the Thursday night games and of course Super Bowl Sunday," said Thompson. "We will not do Super Bowl Sunday."

The post has generated more than 1900 reactions and more than 500 comments, and responses to his choice were mixed. However, Thompson says the value of being an American outweighs the value of his business.

"If it ruined my business today, and we were out of business tomorrow, I would not change not one bit of my position on it. I'm American first."

Thompson said the protests should take place in other ways off of the field.

"I'm more than likely behind most of their causes already, but I'm not gonna have it affecting my flag and my national anthem."


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