Thirty years of loyal service to the Buffalo Bills was brought to an end on Sunday, by a single act of disloyal, disservice to our country. After watching Bills players kneeling, raising fists, and even stretching during the playing of the national anthem, New Era Field employee Erich Nikischer decided he had enough.
“I waited until the National Anthem ended, I took off my shirt, threw my Bills hat on the ground, walked out,” Nikischer said in an interview with Buffalo’s Channel 2.
Nikischer doesn’t question the rights of the players to protest, only the manner and timing of it.
“During the National Anthem…the song that is about our country, our veterans that fight and die for us, it’s just something I feel you shouldn’t disrespect that way. I believe people have the right to protest; I just don’t believe that’s the proper venue for it.”
What Nikischer witnessed on Sunday in Buffalo, would be enough to rile the emotions of any patriotic American. Not just in terms of the sheer numbers of Bills players protesting, but the disrespect took on new forms as well. Bills running back LeSean McCoy actually laid on the field and stretched during the playing of the anthem.
McCoy said in the post-game press conference, “I can’t stand and support something where our leader of this country is just acting like a jerk.”