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NFL Protests: Clooney Writes Prayer, Wilder Bar to Burn Merchandise

A pair of contrasting reactions with Northern Kentucky connections to the recent protests in the National Football League.

A day after a Florence barbecue restaurant declared that it would no longer play NFL games on its TVs, a Wilder sports bar is upping the ante - and plans to host an NFL merchandise burning party on Sunday.

Top Ten Sports Bar made the announcement on its Facebook page. The owner wrote:

This is to protest the anti-American, anti-US Military, and anti-First Responder stance of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, along with various anti-American NFL players and owners across the league. Patriotic Americans are FED UP and are demanding it STOP!!

The patrons of the Top 10 Sports Bar are extremely patriotic, and like MOST Americans, have HAD ENOUGH of the disrespect the NFL has shown our beloved American flag and our National Anthem!

Local attorney and media personality Eric Deters will join the bar in the burning event. He was active in President Donald Trump's local campaign efforts.

Meanwhile, Northern Kentucky native and Hollywood actor and director George Clooney wrote a prayer for The Daily Beast about the protests, which reads in part:

I pray that young children like Tamir Rice can feel safe in their own neighborhood.
I pray for all of our children.
I pray for our police and our first responders.
I pray for our men and women of the armed services.
I pray that dissent will always be protected in this great country.
I pray for a more perfect union.
And when I pray, I kneel.
In recent weeks, NFL players and some coaches and owners have taken a knee or locked arms during or before the playing of the National Anthem as a protest against police brutality against black men.
 
-Staff report