Ohio bar owner who refuses to play NBA games says he’s “never been busier”
Linnie’s Pub owner Jay Linneman says he’s “never been busier” since telling people that he wouldn’t be showing NBA games until LeBron James was expelled from the league.
Linneman’s call for James to be expelled from the league came after the basketball star tweeted “YOU’RE NEXT” with a photo of the police officer involved in shooting 16-year-old Ma’Khia Bryant.
James has since deleted the tweet, which garnered widespread criticism as potentially encouraging violence against police officers. James later explained why he decided to delete the tweet.
“They just need to play the game, and that’s it,” Linneman said. “Their opinion doesn’t really matter. They’re using their position to push their opinions, and that’s just not right.”
After announcing that his establishment would no longer be airing NBA games, various media outlets began reporting on the decision, which led to James putting out a tweet mocking the Pub owner.
Linneman told The Cincinnati Enquirer that he received a flood of comments, both positive and negative. “The support for the position has been overwhelmingly positive and has far outweighed the negatives,” he said.
The website for Linnie’s Pub has been updated since the establishment made national headlines. The contact us section now offers visitors the option to leave comments and redirects those who wish to use “vile or threatening language” to a web search for “what happens to me in Hell.”
For a message to be sent, the visitor must also type “YES, I support Law Enforcement” to “reduce hateful, spiteful, racist comments.”