The NFL has decided to remove the word barbecue from its barbecue menu for the season, citing a recent uptick in the use of “bacon-like” ingredients and the need to keep the sport safe.
The league, which began a review of its food and beverage policies in May, said that “some of the use by some of the restaurants we serve and the type of products we serve may be deemed inappropriate, in which case we have the right to remove them from our menu.”
The announcement comes after ESPN’s Mike Pereira reported that the NFL was exploring whether to ban barbecue and other foods for the remainder of the season.
The announcement from the NFL is a departure from previous statements made by the league, including in February, when the league said it was considering whether to limit the number of players who could be allowed to wear “porky” jerseys, which can be worn in a variety of ways.
The league’s decision, however, was ultimately based on the fact that it was still deciding how much of the sport to ban.
Pereira noted in his report that some players wore “piggyback” jerseys during the 2014 season, and that other players wore jersey types that “were far less likely to be associated with the sport.”
The NFL, which is facing an unprecedented wave of boycotts and protests over the national anthem protests, has also had to confront a number of issues related to the league’s use of players in the league.
The most recent example was when former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick took a knee during the anthem in protest of police brutality against African Americans and the death of a black man in police custody.
In a statement, NFL spokesperson Michael Signora said that the league would be “looking into” whether the ban was appropriate, but added that the ban “has not been in place yet.”