Buffalo Wild Wings employee bans national anthem on 9-11 game day, says it’s too controversial

A California Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant had to apologize after an employee apparently censored the national anthem during a football game broadcast.

A customer in the southern California franchise, who identified herself as Lori, told CBS2 Los Angeles that the employee turned down the volume before an NFL game on Monday, which was also the anniversary of the 9/11 terror attack.

Lori alleged the employee had left the sound on for the previous game but then nixed it, claiming the anthem was too controversial and there was a company policy against playing it in the restaurant.

“No one understood what was so controversial. It’s 9/11, it’s a sporting event, why is it controversial?” Lori asked.

She posted a photo of the employee on social media prompting an immediate response from a manager who apologized for the employee’s behavior, CBSLA reported.

“World Wide Wings, a Buffalo Wild Wings franchise, apologizes for what happened at our restaurant before the Monday Night Football game,” the franchise owner said in a statement, according to CBSLA. “We do not have a policy regarding this matter.”

News of the slight made waves on Twitter as many, including comments from former congressman Jason Chaffetz.

Which prompted a response from the company’s Twitter account:

But the outrage continued on Twitter where many slammed the employee and the restaurant.

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Frieda Powers


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