A store owner in Chicago has found the perfect use for his Colin Kaepernick jersey.
The San Francisco 49ers quarterback has seen all kinds of blowback after his petulant protest of the national anthem became news.
Mattress store owner Dave Gerwing isn’t taking Kaepernick’s disrespect lying down however, placing Kaepernick’s jersey at the front door of his business and inviting customers to wipe their feet on it.
Via CBS Chicago:
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is opting not to stand during the national anthem. Now, one suburban store owner has a reply to the pro athlete.
“People have made the ultimate sacrifice. They have died for our freedoms,” he says. “Sitting down on your butt is nothing more than a disservice and disrespect to the people fighting for our rights.”
“Does he have the right to protest? Absolutely,” Gerwing says. “The same way I have the right to put his jersey on the floor.”
A replica of the Kaepernick’s jersey sits as a doormat at the entrance to his shop, beside a sign inviting customers to wipe their feet.
Check out the new store doormat below …
Just in case Kaepernick and his Black Lives Matter fans try to pull the race card, Gerwing wants them to know he’d do the same if it were a white quarterback leading the protests.
“This is not a race issue for me,” Gerwing told reporters. “If this were Eli Manning doing this, his jersey would be on the floor right now as well.”