Racine restaurateur who posted anti-protest Facebook post steps down

Posted at 5:41 PM, Sep 28, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-29 09:00:05-04

The co-owner of the Reefpoint Brew House in Racine has stepped down, another business partner confirmed with TODAY’S TMJ4 Thursday. 

The co-owner posted an anti-protest message to Facebook in the wake of NFL players kneeling, sitting, or locking arms during the national anthem, which was deleted.

The post read:

"Kill the idiot players. Execute them. They are nothing but garbage. The league is screwed up if they think it is their right. It is their duty to respect our country and our flag. They should go kneel in front of a freight train. Shame on these stupid misfits of society. They need to die."

The other business partners quickly distanced themselves from the co-owner and published their own messages on Facebook in response. 

One of those messages posted on Thursday said they, “ NOT support [co-owner’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.”

Patti Landreman, one of the business partners at the restaurant, told TODAY’S TMJ4 Wednesday the restaurant had been getting a lot of negative backlash because of the post.

“It’s sickening, I have a pit in my stomach, I can’t believe he would say that kind of stuff, and it's not okay with our business at all,” she said Wednesday.