Bar won’t show NFL this weekend, raises money for vets instead

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The owners of a Monmouth County tavern say that they will not show any NFL games this weekend in observance of Veterans Day.

Instead of showing football games, the folks at Woody’s Roadside Tavern in Farmingdale will raise money for a local veterans charity.

The idea for the boycott came from Army veteran Andy Barcellona, who wanted to do something for Veterans Day. He asked the owners of Woody’s to sacrifice Sunday afternoon football.

Veterans across the country have been calling for a boycott of NFL games due to players choosing to kneel while the national anthem is played. The players say that they are doing it as a form of protest against police brutality and racism. But many veterans say that it is disrespectful to the country.

“I don’t think these football players have any idea of what they’re doing. I don’t think they’ve ever had to sacrifice anything. I think they’ve lived a privileged life and it’s hurtful,” Barcellona says.

Woody’s will be raising money for the Green Beret Fund this Sunday. Twenty percent of food sales will be donated to help veterans.

“Most bar decisions are not easy, but we talked about it and it was the right thing to do. It was an easy decision,” says owner Chris Maltese.

Word of the fundraiser spread around town and many said that they were glad to help. A regular at the bar who did not wish to be interviewed even came by Thursday and dropped off a $100 donation.

“We are all big NFL fans and have always been, but I just can’t stand the disrespect,” says patron Kim Walling. “I’m sorry. I don’t think of myself as political, but you have to take a stand.”

Barcellona says that he has stopped watching NFL games altogether. He says that he has so much more time for other things on Sundays instead.

Woody’s owners say that interest in NFL Sundays at the bar has been down this past year. But game day remains one of the busiest times at the restaurant each week.

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