LAKELAND, Fla. (WFLA) – Before you even walk into Lakeland’s Winners Circle Sportsbar & Grill, you’ll see owner Bill Alcock isn’t worried about being what he calls politically correct.
In fact, a sign hanging on the door says the opposite. “This bar is politically incorrect. We say Merry Christmas, God Bless. We salute the flag and things like that,” Alcock said.
Seeing NFL star Colin Kaepernick choose not to salute the flag hit a nerve, the owner said.
“When the whole Colin Kaepernick thing came about, him not standing for the national anthem, I was kind of offended by it. My dad was a Marine. I just thought it was very, very disrespectful,” Alcock said.
He decided to protest in his own way: by putting decals that resemble a mini Kaepernick jersey in the urinals. “I just thought it would be funny kind of tribute, non-tribute to him,” Alcock said.
The jerseys have the number 7 on them and say Kaeperd*ck, instead of Kaepernick.
“I laughed, just like most people laughed,” customer Mike Lee said. “I thought it was a pretty funny idea. If you don’t like it, there are several other stalls that you can choose from so you know. Don’t pee on it.”
Photos are being shared on Facebook with people voicing their opinions for and against it. One person commented that Kaepernick shouldn’t be called a name for expressing his beliefs.
“Some people kind of agree with Kaepernick’s right to not stand for the national anthem because it’s a First Amendment right,” Lee said.
Alcock says this is his First Amendment right. “I do believe in freedom of speech and everything like that, but it’s just a little message that you not disrespect the flag, and don’t disrespect our military. That’s what I think it is. This gives you a little chance to disrespect his jersey, a target of sorts,” he said.