A Buffalo Bills stadium worker who quit his job over the national anthem protest said he feels like he “did the right thing.”
Erich Nikischer, who worked security for the Bills for nearly 30 years, threw his Bills hat on the ground and quit his job immediately when he watched the team kneel during the anthem.
During a Wednesday interview with Fox News, Nikischer said he is satisfied with his decision to quit and his father, who is a war veteran, was proud of him for standing up for his beliefs.
“The national anthem is something I hold dear to my heart,” he explained. “A lot of people have fought and died for this country and the song and the flag signify that to me.”
“I have a lot of friends who are veterans, friends who are disabled veterans, and my father is a Korean War vet, and it’s just, the national anthem and the flag mean a lot to me,” Nikischer said. “So in my heart, I had to take my stand.”
Nikischer said his father called him when he heard that his son had quit his job.
“He was broken up, but he was proud of me,” he recalled. “He was in tears with pride because I stood up for veterans and I did the right thing in my heart and his heart.”