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Mon Sep 19, 2016, 10:45 AM

Springfield teen sent home from Kroger for wearing Kaepernick jersey

The teen was required to find something else to wear by his employer and not by a public institution, such as a school. The First Amendment is not involved. The store later apologized and said he could wear the Kaepernick jersey.

Posted here just because.

Hat tip, Sporting News: Teen sent home from work for wearing Colin Kaepernick jersey

Updated: 7:20 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16, 2016 | Posted: 5:07 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16, 2016

Springfield teen sent home from Kroger for wearing Kaepernick jersey

By Katherine Collins


Staff Writers

SPRINGFIELD — A Springfield Kroger employee was sent home for wearing a controversial player’s jersey to work at the Derr Road location on Sept. 11. ... Elijah Scott, 16, wore a San Francisco 49ers’ Colin Kaepernick jersey to work at the store last Sunday, but was later sent home after a customer complained about the jersey. Kaepernick is the backup quarterback who has sparked controversy recently by kneeling during “The Star-Spangled Banner” in protest of racial discrimination across the country. ... Scott later posted a snapchat saying he was discriminated against by his employer.

A flier at the store says every Sunday is “NFL Gear Day” when employees should wear jerseys to work. It must be professional and work appropriate, according to Scott’s snapchat photo. The teen later posted a snapchat of the photo, saying, “I broke no rules.”

He went home, changed into his Kroger shirt and went back to work, his father Robert Scott said. ... Elijah’s parents were saddened to hear their son was asked to change, his father said. ... “I was upset but I wasn’t shocked,” he said. “My wife on the other hand … she was really furious.” ... “It’s something that you get used to after so many years,” Robert Scott said.

Kroger officials said Friday they have apologized to Scott and his family and said he will be allowed to wear the jersey in the future.

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Mon Sep 19, 2016, 10:56 AM

1. The old man in me says


back in my days of working at the local grocery store, we were not allowed to wear any sports jerseys while on the job...

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