Bookies co-owner under fire over Facebook post about Tulsa, Oklahoma police shooting

Posted at 10:22 PM, Sep 20, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-21 09:18:12-04

The co-owner of a popular Detroit sports bar is under fire for racially insensitive comments he made on his Facebook page.

Those comments have gone viral on social media putting his business in the crosshairs.

Bookies Bar and Grille finds itself in a firestorm tonight, due to a story first reported by Blac Magazine.

Co-owner Mark Jerant took to his Facebook page Monday night responding to the shooting death of an unarmed black man in Tulsa.

He appears to blame the victim in the shooting, posting:

Listen to police who have guns pointed at you and don’t get shot. It isn’t hard. 

He also say, “Get ready for the liberal media frenzy of BS.”

The post spread all day on social media and got the attention of the black community in Detroit. It has since been taken down, but not before Blac Magazine obtained screenshots.

Some are organizing a boycott.

Bookie’s other owner, Jay Lambrecht, has disavowed the comments. 

"His comments are not part of my views, Bookies views as a business," lambrecht said. "We are probably one of the most diverse bars in the city. That’s been our success. We will do our best to get back in people's good graces the best way we can but I understand why people are upset."

Mark Jerant, the man at the center of all this, released a written statement to us. It reads in part:

I want to express my deepest condolences to the family of the young man that was killed in Tulsa, Oklahoma. I am embarrassed and regret the tone and tenor of my comments.