A Sturbridge, Mass., jeweler’s attempt at trolling the NFL-national anthem controversy has backfired — in a big way.
Scott A. Garieri, owner of Garieri Jewelers in Sturbridge, recently put up a billboard that shows a picture of man proposing to a woman while on a football field. The billboard also includes the message, “If you’re going to take a knee this season, please have a ring in your hand!”
See the billboard for yourself in the following Facebook post from Boston 25 News:
Harmless joke, right?
“People have said they’re going to urinate on our property, vomit on our showcases, and I was told to kill myself,” Alexandria L. O’Brien, Garieri’s daughter, told the Worcester Telegram on Wednesday. “I am not going to kill myself. I can assure you that. And the billboard is not coming down.
“Everybody is entitled to their own opinion. But when you tell someone to go kill themself, you have absolutely crossed the line.”
O’Brien told the Telegram that the social media backlash started when Rev. Laura E. Everett, the executive director of the Massachusetts Council of Churches, shared a photo of the billboard on her Facebook page. Rev. Everett captioned the post by writing, “In case we’ve forgotten about…