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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