NFL players have been kneeling during the National Anthem as a way of peaceful protest against perceived racial injustice and police brutality. Alabama A&M University’s players are no exception, and head coach James Spady expressed his support.
The movement was started by San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick during the NFL pre-season. Now coaches all across the country are having talks with their players on how to handle the National Anthem.
Spady, who was on the staff at Nevada when Kaepernick played for the Wolfpack, said that he and his coaching staff have not had the conversation with their team on how to handle the National Anthem.
While the momentum is really strong in the NFL, the college game has not seen the amount of displays yet. Coaches believe it might only a matter of time before the protest reaches college teams and could stay on the front burner when it does.
Spady said he would support any of his players if they decide to take part.
“I respect everyone's right to protest. That's the reason we're able to salute the flag because people have given their life so that I can protest the way I want to. If you had a player protest, I would be OK with that. I would support him 100 percent,” Spady said.
While we have not seen this type of protest on the college level, there have been a couple of high school students in Ohio and Massachusetts that protested during the Anthem by taking a knee. One actually received death threats.
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