Black Teen Sent Home From Kroger For Wearing Kaepernick Jersey
It was “Wear a Football Jersey Day” for employees at the Kroger grocery store in Springfield, Ohio, Sunday, as the NFL season kicked off with a huge round of games.
Elijah Scott was excited. It was a chance for the 16-year-old employee to wear his new Colin Kaepernick jersey. He put it on, went to work, clocked in and started bagging groceries like he normally would.
When it came time for his lunch break, he says his manager asked Elijah to go home and change clothes.
So, they sent Elijah home.
His mother, Diane Scott, immediately called to speak to the manager, but told the Daily News they doubled down saying, “It was September 11th and Elijah was on company time and would not be allowed to disrespect customers.”
“They should’ve stood up for their employee and just let that customer go. My son didn’t do anything wrong,” she told The News.
A statement issued Friday afternoon from Kroger said, “We are aware of this situation and have apologized to Elijah and his mother. Diversity, inclusion and respect are among our company’s core values and ones we strive to live up to every day.”
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