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Brooksville Walmart Display Sparks Controversy, Compares 9/11 Display to NFL Player’s Anti-American Protest

BROOKSVILLE – Earlier this month a Panama City Walmart made national headlines, after a soda can display of the Twin Towers offended some who said it was disrespectful.  

After receiving several complaints, Walmart immediately removed the display and in a statement said “We hold the moment in our country’s history in the greatest regard, and there was nothing disrespectful intended by the display.”

Coca-Cola also apologized for the misunderstanding and said the display was mean to honor local first responders.

Today, RNRF received a tip from one of our viewers who said the Walmart on US-41 in Brooksville built a display with the words NFL (National Football League). The display infuriated some customers because of the NFL’s complacency over players who have protested the National Anthem.

RNRF asked the store’s management for comment but they forwarded our inquiry to their corporate headquarters in Arkansas. I contacted their media relations department and received a response from their Senior Manager of Corporate Communications, Charles Crowson who told RNRF “Our supplier made some adjustments to the display after feedback from a few customers.”

One unhappy customer, Chris Thomas, tells RNRF “If coke is not able to have a tribute to a travesty in American history, why is it ok for Pepsi to have what seems to me a display of some not so patriotic Americans?” Thomas goes on to say, “It’s very offensive to see hockey coaches tell the whole team don’t stand don’t play and the NFL is scared to do the same… The NFL is one of America’s past times because men and women that have fought for this country past present and future and have died for that right.”

Within hours of our inquiry Walmart changed the display from “NFL” to a couple of football players made out of cardboard boxes.

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  • Whats wrong with the KKK? They have the NAACP! Is is not the same thing???????They have the United negro fund BET TV1 Black History Month! I could go on all Nite! Grow some Balls People! WTF

    Wednesday, 21 September 2016, 10:24 pm
    • Do you understand why they had to start these organizations…. to fight for their rights!!!

      Friday, 23 September 2016, 11:28 pm
  • Not sure I understand the controversy here. It says NFL. It doesn’t say KKK. What’s the issue? The twin towers display isn’t offensive either. It was clearly a way to remember and not forget what happened. That wasn’t an issue either.

    Wednesday, 21 September 2016, 8:08 pm
  • Look at all the posts here and only 3 count em 3 for the Citrus County Sherriff who was a good man and did good things.and is retiring. Idk what pepsi,coke do, if you dont stand for the National Athem that’s your right and your problem, not mine . Now if you all would like to go post something good on the sherriff please do. Good things do happen and there are still good people out there, Have a nice evening and have a pepsi for me, I am out. LOL.?

    Wednesday, 21 September 2016, 7:32 pm
  • people get so offended by everything these days. theres real issues out there. war, starvation, kids dying of cancer, etc. and people are worried about coke and pepsi displays?

    Wednesday, 21 September 2016, 6:21 pm
  • People are so ridiculous. It’s a display people. When did everyone become such pansies?

    Wednesday, 21 September 2016, 1:35 pm
  • You people who are so easily offended need to wash your P***Y.

    Wednesday, 21 September 2016, 12:20 pm
  • The military has fought to protect and guarantee our safety and constitutional rights. Among those rights are free speech. You don’t have to agree with what people are saying BUT it is unconstitutional and against the law to stop. The people complaining about it are the unpatriotic ones.

    Wednesday, 21 September 2016, 12:06 pm
  • why is this an article?

    Wednesday, 21 September 2016, 11:03 am
  • Welcome to today’s America; Land of the entitled, and the home of the easily offended…

    Wednesday, 21 September 2016, 10:39 am
  • I am a veteran and I thank them for the displays as they are thanking the people that served and save people from 9/11 that’s why the call this America .For all you who don’t like this get the hell out no one is asking you to stay. Start worrying about what’s you are doing instead of everone else dose.

    Wednesday, 21 September 2016, 10:32 am
  • Controversy.? I gotta be missing something here or else it was the slowest news day of the year.Well,just send over some deputies to shoot it.But remember, Soda cans life’s matter…..

    Wednesday, 21 September 2016, 9:55 am
  • Holy crap, talk about first world problems. Move on with your lives people.

    Wednesday, 21 September 2016, 9:34 am
  • Hey Walmart…its time to pull everything out of your store that has an NFL logo attached to it!!! Bucs jerseys and hats, Madden video games, Budweiser cans etc! That would be a lot of merchandise!! Absolutely ridiculous!! Political correctness is ruining this country!!!!

    Wednesday, 21 September 2016, 9:25 am
  • Lol tom your bored and lame for even covering this “Story”

    Wednesday, 21 September 2016, 9:02 am
  • Quit being offended by everything people. Good god…

    Wednesday, 21 September 2016, 8:56 am
  • Everyone does know that until 2009 when the DOD started paying the NFL for patriotism the players weren’t on the field for the anthem correct?

    Wednesday, 21 September 2016, 8:43 am
  • People do realize that the NFL players weren’t on the field till 2009 for the anthem correct. And that is after the dod started paying for patriotism

    Wednesday, 21 September 2016, 8:14 am

    Wednesday, 21 September 2016, 8:03 am
  • get over it panty waist and go back to new york

    Wednesday, 21 September 2016, 4:45 am
  • How much longer till we change all the flags in Hernando county to a hammer and sickle because someone gets offended ? if all the people that don’t like the U.S.A get the hell back where you came from after all no one asked you to come here in the first place ! and as for all the ones that don’t stand for the flag you need to be the first ones outta the U.S.A so get over it or get out. By the way the red on stop signs in the U.S.A is offense to me but i still stop.

    Wednesday, 21 September 2016, 4:05 am
    • Then I guess you better pack up and leave first…we all “came” here. It’s not just your country and everyone has rights! Change your heart towards those who don’t think like you….

      Friday, 23 September 2016, 11:22 pm
  • Number One. Coke and Pepsi are in charge of their displays whether it be in Walmart or Publix, etc. If you have a beef with the display itself, take it up with them. That being said, I didn’t find a damned thing wrong with the Coke display for 9/11/ I honestly don’t see anything wrong with the Pepsi display either. Do I support these NFL players kneeling during the National Anthem? Absolutely not. I think it’s a disgrace and their contracts should be terminated. Little scums. We are all entitled to our opinions. Get over it already.

    Wednesday, 21 September 2016, 1:57 am
  • There sure are a lot of delicate snowflakes that are easily offended in this area.

    Wednesday, 21 September 2016, 1:34 am
  • ??? Someone complaining that a Pepsi display spelled “NFL” during football season??? And why is this news-worthy? Guess there were no drug raids or motorcycle crashes in Hernando to report today….

    Wednesday, 21 September 2016, 1:11 am
  • Holy s**t, whoever chris thomas is, he really needs to get a life. Man you have wayyyy too much time on your hands to think so deeply into a football display at walmart. Tom are you being serious even posting this article? What a loser! If soda cans offend you you must live in a hole far far away in the woods. People will do anything these days for some attention!

    Tuesday, 20 September 2016, 11:35 pm
  • Also, can I remind you the greatest part of living in this country is free speech, and the allowance to have our own beliefes. Do I agree with it, no, but its our own right to do what we all believe in. Stop being politically ground, and read the Constitution. Its everyone’s own rights. Stop trying to be a political ground, and respect the country we live in.

    Tuesday, 20 September 2016, 11:11 pm
  • Lighten up people. There is much more to worry about than this.

    Tuesday, 20 September 2016, 11:06 pm
  • What an absolute joke! This is what people choose to focus their efforts on? People crying over a soda display does nothing to improve America. It is sad to see that this complaining, crybaby received any attention from the media! A few people were infuriated over a harmless display, so let’s take it down so we don’t offend them. I’m disgusted that Wal-Mart forced the Pepsi vendor to spend extra time in the store just to satisfy a select few people. And to Chris Thomas, what makes you think it is ok to cause an upset for a blue-collared, American worker over a few unpatriotic football players?! Next time you are offended look the other way, put on your big boy pants, and get over it! RNRF I usually enjoy your stories, but please tell me what possessed you to pursue this “story”? This story is a prime example of a major flaw in today’s society!

    Tuesday, 20 September 2016, 11:05 pm
  • People have no lives. Maybe if SOME police officers who think they’re God stop killing innocent people of ALL races, people would want to stand during the national anthem.. Why would anybody get offended by the twin towers display ?? All they were doing was honoring 9/11 victims.

    Tuesday, 20 September 2016, 10:06 pm
  • Omg seriously everyone find something to bitch about like come on ppl

    Tuesday, 20 September 2016, 10:00 pm
  • This is ridiculous! Don’t you have anything better to complain about? I can’t speak for everyone but the Soldiers iin my family fougjht for freedom,everyone’s freedom.

    Tuesday, 20 September 2016, 9:58 pm
  • Do people have noting better to do than to sit and stare at soda displays and find some kind of fault with them.

    Tuesday, 20 September 2016, 9:54 pm
  • IF you all cared about your COUNTRY! Then you would not be Shopping at Walmart Anyway. get a life PEOPLE

    Tuesday, 20 September 2016, 9:43 pm
    • Exactly.

      Wednesday, 21 September 2016, 2:31 pm
    • Rebel Pride,
      Just where is there a big box store in Brooksville? I don’t choose to shop there other than it is less than a mile and when I do get to goto spring the people in the other stores have a there S— don’t stink atatude so before you go off saying
      If you cared about your country think again there just could be other reasons. Oh by the way the high class of timber pines shop at WalMart.

      Thursday, 22 September 2016, 8:27 am
      • Since when is Timber Pines considered high class?

        Thursday, 22 September 2016, 3:26 pm
  • The ignorance of some people is insane. How in the world can you be offended by any of this. Nothing about any of these is offensive. If anything your less patriotic for making them take these down. The NFL I’d always going to be a American icon just because one player doesn’t stand doesn’t make the entire NFL franchise non patriotic. And how in the world is a display of the twin towers offensive. It’s not like they had planned cracking into them with it on fire and people jumping out. It was just a simple remeberce.a display coke has been doing for fifteen years. The world will never be at peace because people will always find something that hurts their petty little feelings. Grow up.

    Tuesday, 20 September 2016, 9:37 pm
  • i call BULLSH*T!! bunch of cry babies!

    Tuesday, 20 September 2016, 9:32 pm
  • The people who are complaining about this BS are probably the same ones who find flaw in everything except what they do. There it absolute nothing wrong with either display and it seems like someone wants to b**** about every little thing. It is football season. Football is a national sport. And the 9/11 display was beautiful. Sounds like someone wants to find easy money in a lawsuit.

    Tuesday, 20 September 2016, 9:28 pm
  • The only thing they accomplished was paying overtime to the Pepsi vendor. From the wife of one, thanks for the bonus check! Also…get over yourselves. The letters NFL spelled out with 12 packs of soda offends you? Get out of here with this nonsense. There are far more important local issues with which to be concerned.

    Tuesday, 20 September 2016, 9:26 pm
  • It’s called protesting which is NOT anti American! Our very own soldiers fought for that right! Get over yourself Tom!!

    Tuesday, 20 September 2016, 9:20 pm
    • It;s NOT Protesting it;s Disrespect, Big Difference

      Wednesday, 21 September 2016, 6:55 am
      • Disrespecting what exactly? your opinion? Or do rights only matter when the fit those of the masses?? I guess they could be out burning down homes and businesses instead??

        its an americans RIGHT and there is a HUGE difference between that and the opinion of the easily offended.

        Wednesday, 21 September 2016, 10:23 am
      • The National Anthem has a whole verse about killing slaves. And you probably didn’t know it had more than one verse.

        Wednesday, 21 September 2016, 10:30 am
        • Teach us more about this “slave” song.

          Friday, 23 September 2016, 9:36 am
  • The NFL is made up of more than just football players. Think about at the bottom of the chain, from security, ball boys, cleaning crews, food vendors…… You don’t realize what boycotting can actually do. I don’t see people being upset at the photographers that don’t stand, instead take photos, the camera men and women who continue to work during the national anthem, and I am damn sure that 97% (mad up number, but I am sure it is high) of you at home don’t stand up when its played. So maybe 20 people choose this pathetic way to protest by not standing, who cares, move one… they live with he choices they make. Want to make a difference, be the better person.

    Tuesday, 20 September 2016, 9:14 pm
  • So quit shopping there if you don’t like it.
    I’m sure they will miss the millions of dollars you spend there and quit doing things that offend you. ?

    Pepsi sucks anyway!

    Tuesday, 20 September 2016, 9:06 pm

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