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Owner of Ohio BBQ restaurant upset after golf tournament coverage interrupted by news of officers’ deaths


The owner of Route 62 BBQ in Johnston, Ohio is being widely condemned after tweeting an unconscionably ignorant and petty tweet about news coverage of two local police officers being killed interrupting the golf tournament that he was watching.

Apparently Brad Jalovec, the restaurant’s owner, couldn’t stand to watch a Pro-Am golf tournament at Pebble Beach on a split screen while local news covered the horrific ambush killings of Officers Anthony Morelli, 54, who had been on the force for 30 years, and Eric Joering, 39, who was a 17-year veteran. Jaolvec’s tweet read, “do I really have to watch a split screen of Pebble Beach golf for a couple of cops that were killed hours ago in a suburb?”

Jalovec has since deleted his personal Twitter account and the Facebook and Twitter accounts associated with the business over the furious response from people that live in the area.

Johnston is approximately 30 minutes from Westerville, where the officers were killed.

Following the outrage, Jalovec went on a local Fox news station to apologize. Watching the interview however still leaves open questions about how Jalovec feels about law enforcement. “I made a post that was pretty insensitive, and there’s no excuse for that,” he said. Video of the interview is below.

Perhaps there was more to the apology that didn’t air in that clip, but based on that interview, one would have to wonder if he would have even apologized if his business wasn’t affected.  He certainly didn’t care at all that two police officers had just had their lives taken while protecting a nearby community when it happened.

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