Bar owner creates controversy with 'Lynch Kaepernick' jersey doormats

A Missouri bar owner taped two NFL jerseys side-by-side on the ground for his customers to use as a doormat outside his establishment's front door.

The jerseys' side-by-side display -- Marshawn Lynch's Oakland Raiders jersey and Colin Kaepernick's San Francisco 49ers jersey -- together read "Lynch" "Kaepernick."

Jason Burle, owner of the Lake of the Ozarks S.N.A.F.U. Bar, told KOMU-TV that "it's not a race thing." He later rearranged the jerseys so that Kaepernick's was placed before Lynch's.

A call to Burle by USA TODAY Sports went unanswered.

Burle, who said he is an Air Force veteran, told the TV station he ordered both jerseys to be used as doormats after NFL players started kneeling during the national anthem.

“I commend (NFL players) for what they’re doing, as far as the right (to protest) goes," Burle said. "I fought for that right. The same thing that gives them that right gives me the right to place these (jersey-concocted doormats) out here.”

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