Two days before the anniversary of the 9-11 attacks in New York City, most members of a high school football team knelt in disrespect during the National Anthem.
The school was the Maury High School in Norfolk, Virginia.
• We told them so.
The demonizing of the Confederate flag was a harbinger to disrespect the American flag. The same excuse is being used: racism.
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Following in the footsteps of Colin Kaepernick and a handful of other pro athletes, most of the Maury High football team took a knee during the national anthem on Friday.
A few Commodores players and coach Chris Fraser stood at attention before the game against Grassfield at Powhatan Field, but the majority of the team dropped to one knee as the anthem played.
“Our school system has said, we’re of the belief, we let our guys do what they believe in,” Fraser said after the team’s 17-6 loss to Grassfield. “And so we didn’t make an issue of it, and if they believe in a cause, that’s fine. I stand behind what they believe in, but I’m going to do what I believe in.”
Maury’s protest follows similar recent high-profile stances by Kaepernick, a San Francisco 49ers quarterback, U.S. soccer player Megan Rapinoe and Denver Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall. Kaepernick, Rapinoe and Marshall have said they knelt during the anthem to protest race relations in the U.S.
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