A RETIRED NYPD detective says he was punched in the face during his 50th birthday party because he was wearing a hat resembling a MAGA cap.
Daniel Sprague was celebrating with his wife and friends at The Stage on Broadway bar in Nashville, Tennessee on Friday when the alleged assault occurred.
At the time, he was wearing a cap featuring the slogan "Make Fifty Great Again" and a shirt that read, "Making America Great Since 1970”, above an American flag.
The slogans were a take on "Make America Great Again", used by Donald Trump during his 2016 presidential campaign and since printed on a variety of garments, including a line of distinctive red baseball caps.
Sprague served more than two decades with the NYPD and retired in 2009 as a member of the Emergency Services Unit, a branch of the Special Operations Bureau.
“I was outside with my friends when some grabbed me from behind, spun me around and punched me in the face,” he told the New York Post.
“At first I thought it was a friend until I got hit.
"I couldn’t believe someone could get that upset.
“All night people were giving me thumbs up, smiles or some showing rage, until they walked up close and saw what hat said.
“Then they would wish me a happy birthday.”
Bouncers ejected the woman from the bar before Sprague had phoned the police, but he filed a report the next day.
The Metropolitan Nashville Police Department confirmed that they had received a report about the alleged assault.
“Suspect grabbed his hat from his head and punched him in the face,” the report read.
“He stated that when the suspect hit him in the face, he did not hit her back.”
Sprague said he is a supporter of the president's, but that "everyone is entitled to their opinion".
“I love Trump, but I wouldn’t hit someone who had a Bernie hat on,” he said.
"I wasn’t an Obama fan but if he walked into a place where I was, I would show him and the office respect.”
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