Texas Football Coach Boots Two Teens Off Of The Team For Kneeling During National Anthem
A pair of teenagers were cut from a high-school’s football team after choosing to kneel during the National Anthem.
During a pre-game National Anthem ceremony, the Houston Chronicle reports, Cedric Ingram-Lewis raised his fist in the air while cousin, Larry McCulloug, chose to kneel.
The two teens were apparently continuing the National Anthem protests that are occurring in the NFL.
The originator of the Anthem Protesters, former quarterback Colin Kaepernick, stated that he would not stand for the United States’ flag because it represented a country that was oppressive to People of Color. He went on to claim that police officers were “getting away with murder,” and leaving bodies in the streets to go on paid leave.
Victory & Praise Christian Academy Coach Ronnie Mitchem instructed the boys to remove their uniforms, after the anthem had finished, and told them that they were being cut from the team.
“I’m a former Marine. That just doesn’t fly and they knew that. I don’t have any problem with those young men. We’ve had a good relationship. They chose to do that and they had to pay for the consequences.”
Mitchem also said that he had warned the team, beforehand, that he did not want any of the players to participate in any National Anthem protests.
The response to the high-school coach’s actions have mainly fallen into two categories.
On the one hand, there are those who are praising the coach, and pointing out that if the NFL had taken similar actions against Colin Kaepernick when this issue first emerged, during the 2016 season, the national would likely not be having their NFL news coverage dominated by what player is or isn’t protesting during the pre-game National Anthem.
Then there are those who are claiming that the coach should not have cut the players from the team.
The mother of one of the teens, Rhonda Brady, said that the coach “has a slave master mentality.”
She told the Houston Chronicle that she did not like the way that the situation was handled,
“Actions speak louder than words. So, for him to do what he did, that really spoke volumes and I don’t want my kids or my nephew to be around a man with no integrity.”
This point of view is interesting because there are many protesters today who, whether you believe oppression in America is real or not, feel that they are following in the footsteps of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks.
MLK and Parks were principled giants of their times, but the thing that today’s protesters seem to be forgetting, if they ever realized this in the first place, is that those who participated in the Civil Rights Movement were willing to accept the consequences of their actions.
They were willing to sit in the front of the bus, knowing that they might spend time in jail for it. They were willing to march to Selma and have the Democratic Party of the south unleash dogs and hit them with firehouses.
If the coach, at a private school, told the players beforehand that they would be off the team if they protesed the National Anthem, and that they should find another outlet if they wanted to protest, then there should be no misunderstandings about it when they are cut from the team for protesting the National Anthem and the United States.
The boys have a right to protest however they would like, but they must pay the consequences for that if the privately-owned organization that they play for tells them, beforehand, that it would not be tolerated.
The same could be said for the NFL. The professional players for the NFL are well within their rights to protest the American Flag, and the United States for which it stands, as long as the NFL is going to tolerate such behavior. The NFL has the right to alter its rules to fine or fire players who hijack games for their own personal political agendas, but until they do, the players can do as they wish.
As long as the NFL players do not promote a pro-police message, as the Dallas Cowboys tried to do during the 2016 pre-season, the NFL does not seem to have a problem and the behavior will be allowed.
What do you think about the high school coach cutting the two players who were protesting the National Anthem and, by extension, America?
Source: Fox News
Source: Houston Chronicle