It has been reported that two Texas high school football players were recently thrown off their team after kneeling in protest during the national anthem. The occurrence took place on Friday. Interestingly enough, they were thrown off the team literally moments after they got on one knee during the national anthem.
The two teens go to school at Victory and Praise Christian Academy in Crosby, Texas. They planned the protest in advance and even told their coach, who asked his players to take off their uniforms and booted them off the team.
Coach Ronnie Ray Mitchem, the man who kicked the boys off his team, is a military veteran. It has for a long time been a set-in-stone rule that players must always stand for the national anthem if they are to play on his team.
"There is a proper time to do something in a proper way," said Mitchem, according to ABC, and this just isn't the proper time or proper way to do it.
Despite being kicked off their team, the two players are very happy with the protests, especially considering the attention that it's gotten. The mother of one player said that she doesn't believe her son should have been thrown off the team, claiming that the coach has a "slave master mentality" in throwing her son off the team.
"He has a slave master mentality," she said. "If you were to go back to that, when they wanted to tell us, 'This is what you are going to do and this is how you do it.'"
The protests reflect those of NFL players over the past two seasons.
Throughout the past week, the National Football League (NFL) has been in the midst of a major controversy as hundreds of players protest during the national anthem. Rather than standing during the national anthem with their hands covering their hearts, many players have opted to drop onto one knee. The protests first began with former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick in 2016 to condemn police brutality and racial inequality. But almost overnight, after Trump made some controversial remarks last weekend, the protests became a statement against President Trump.
Trump has long been upset about the NFL protests, believing that they are disrespectful to both the flag and the troops. But it wasn't until Saturday that Trump finally said something in a rally, and it quickly captured headlines.
On Thursday, the President of the United States remarked that NFL coaches are "afraid" of their players, and are hence unwilling to do anything about the controversial protests.
“I have so many friends that are owners,” Trump told Fox News in an interview broadcast Thursday. “They’re in a box. I mean I’ve spoken to a couple of them. They say we are in a situation where we have to do something.”
“I think they’re afraid of their players, you want to know the truth. And I think it’s disgraceful,” he continued.
You can watch more about the two high school boys being kicked off their team at the video below.
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