Many people across the nation continue the debate on whether football players should be required to remain standing during the singing of the national anthem before the start of a game. Recently, many NFL players have taken a knee during the anthem as a protest social injustice and racism.
As the debate continues, a college in Pennsylvania has taken drastic measures following the kneeling of one teammate during the anthem performance. After college football player Gyree Durante took a knee during their game on Saturday, he was let go from the team. Durante is a sophomore at Albright College in Reading, Pennsylvania and played as a backup quarterback for the team.
A statement was released from a spokeswoman for Albright College explaining their decision to cut Durante. She explained the team had previously made a decision to kneel together during the coin toss and then stand together during the national anthem.
“This action, which was supported by the coaching staff, was created as an expression of team unity and out of the mutual respect team members have for one another and the value they place on their differences,” the statement reads. “It was established as a way to find common ground in a world with many differing views.”
Following the decision for Durante’s dismissal, he has spoken out to explain his thoughts on this situation.
“At some point in life, there’s going to be a time when you’ve got to take a stand,” Durante told NBC10 Philadelphia. “For me, it just happened to be on Saturday afternoon.”
“I was just taught you fight for what you believe in and you don’t bow to anyone,” he continued. “I believe heavily in this. So I decided to fight for it.”
The coach and other teammates had been under the impression that Durante would be standing with his team during the anthem at this game. He had reportedly kneeled during the anthem the previous week.
Despite his dismissal, the spokeswoman for the school explained: “he remains a valued member of the Albright College student body.” However, he has since expressed interest in transferring schools in the near future. This incident has only motivated him, even more, to stand for what he believes in and to fight social injustice, according to a social media post made by his family.
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