After the Buffalo Bills players knelt during the national anthem, one man who has been working at the stadium for almost 30 years quit his job.
“I waited until the National Anthem ended, I took off my shirt, threw my Bills hat on the ground, walked out,” Erich Nikischer told WGRZ after leaving his job over the national anthem protests.
Nikischer went on to say that he didn’t have a problem with players kneeling before the song, but he couldn’t stand it when they continued to kneel through the song itself.
“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,” he said. “I believe people have the right to protest; I just don’t believe that’s the proper venue for it.”
Nikischer added that, although it was a hard decision and he was going to miss the people that he once worked with, he wasn’t going to back down from the decision or from his anger over the protests.
“I will never step foot in the that place again, I will never watch an NFL football game again until this ends,” Nikischer said.