A co-owner of Reefpoint Brew House, John Valko, went on a Facebook rant over NFL players taking the knee. The peaceful protest, started last season by former San Francisco 49ers Colin Kaepernick, was a show of solidarity for #BlackLivesMatter. In recent weeks, with the help of Donald Trump's Twitter frenzy, the focus of the protest has been twisted into a debate over respect for the flag.
On Monday night, Valko took to his private Facebook page and let his feelings be known.
Racism is perpetuated by a false narrative . We are seeing this very clearly today. Change is in raising awareness & confronting status quo— Nicholas Barrett (@PTNickB) September 28, 2017
It has been brought to our attention that one of our co-owners has made some statements that some people will find offensive. His statements do not represent us or the Brew House and we disclaim knowledge of, responsibility for, or association with those statements completely.
They quickly deleted that post after Facebook users called it "cowardly" and “pitifully inadequate.”
We Co-owners of Reefpoint Brew House do NOT support John Valko's statements and comments made by him on his personal page or pages of others. He is not the voice of Reefpoint Brew House or us. We are working hard internally to move forward and protect our selves, our business, and most importantly the 80+ staff members and their families livelihood.
There is nothing else I can do at this point other than to say I’m sorry. I am very, very sorry.
In an odd turn of events, the owners of Reefpoint Brew House decided it would be a good idea to show their solidarity with their "staff and America" by posting a video of an employee singing the National Anthem in the dining room. They posted the video with the following message:
We are one. Regardless of race, creed, or color. I stand with my staff. I stand with America.