Beavercreek restaurant owner receives outpouring of support after turning off NFL games
BEAVERCREEK, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) - You won't find the most profitable sport in the world getting a dollar from Bill DeFries. The owner of Beef O'Brady's sports bar will not be showing NFL games in the wake of anthem protests. He was expecting a negative reaction, but instead found an outpouring of support from around the country.
"It took a lot of courage from the staff to stand with me," DeFries said.
He is standing while NFL players are kneeling. The former marine, who served in Japan, said he's serving the NFL a lesson in holding your position.
"We were prepared for the sales to suffer from it, and to go down, and just the opposite happened," DeFries said.
People began making the trek to be a part of the movement. A retired Air Force crew chief traveled 530 miles to be a part of it, and meet Bill at the bar.
"We've gotten phone calls from the tens of thousands, and we've got messages, and comments," DeFries said.
One fellow Marine, Jorge Sifuentes, sent DeFries a Facebook message saying well done. Kristy Houska sent him another message to say thank you and to give donations.
"Standing up for what we believe, and what the national anthem means to us," DeFries said.
For bill, doing what he feels is right is priceless. His bar dishes out $6,000 to air NFL Sunday ticket. They requested a refund per their agreement with the provider, but it was denied, despite some household customers getting refunds for wanting to end the service.
DeFries hopes he can air NFL games again in the future, but does not have a timetable for when that may be.