SPRINGFIELD, Ohio — A 16-year-old Kroger employee was sent home for wearing a controversial player’s jersey to work.
According to WHIO, employees at a Springfield Kroger are allowed to wear NFL jerseys every Sunday during football season.
On September 11, Elijah Scott decided to wear a San Francisco 49ers Colin Kaepernick jersey to work, but was sent home after a customer complained to management.
Kaepernick is the player who recently sparked controversy because he decided to kneel during the Star-Spangled Banner.
The decision to send Scott home caused a backlash on Instagram.
Kroger officials released a statement apologizing for the incident.
“We are proud and privileged to employ a workforce and to serve a customer base as diverse as America,” said Patty Leesemann, a Kroger spokeswoman in a statement. “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.”
They said Scott could wear the jersey to work in the future.