VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (KDKA) — A picture of San Francisco 49ers Quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s jersey taped to a Virginia restaurant’s floor is causing a controversy online.
Virginia Beach resident James Perry posted the picture to Facebook, showing the jersey taped down to the floor of Krossroads Rock and County Bar.
The post has been shared more than 5,000 times and Perry has asked people in his community to boycott the bar.
He told CBS affiliate WTKR that he was stunned to see the jersey on the floor.
“What went through my mind was like ‘Wow, is this real or is it a joke?’ How would you feel if someone taped a police officer’s uniform down?” Perry asked.
But some people are not so taken aback by the restaurant’s actions.
“I was not offended by that,” Carol Bevilacqua said. “I think we live in a free country. I think people are allowed to do what they want.”
The manager of the restaurant told WTKR that the jersey being taped to the floor is about “sportsmanship and Kaepernick’s disrespect of the flag – not race.”