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High School Football Players Kicked Off Team For Protesting During Anthem

High School Football Players Kicked Off Team For Protesting During Anthem
Updated 7 months ago

Two high school football players at a private Christian school in Crosby, Texas, protested during the national anthem before a game Friday night. Cedric Ingram-Lewis, a sophomore, and Larry McCullough, a senior, talked about their plans before the game. Larry even announced on social media that he intended to kneel. Coach Ronnie Mitchem warned the players that he wanted them to stand for the anthem, but when it began, Cedric raised a fist and Larry took a knee.

When the anthem ended, the coach asked them to remove their jerseys. They were off the team.

The coach kicked the cousins off the team before the game started. Cedric said:

He told us that disrespect will not be tolerated. He told us to take off our uniform and leave it there.

Mitchem, a pastor and ex-Marine who started the school's football program, said:

I still love them, I understand what they feel, but as a coach we have rules and I don't want people disrespecting veterans in that Sharks uniform.

The incident sparked the same polarized responses as recent NFL protests:

Cedric's mother, Rhonda Brady, spoke with the Houston Chronicle:

I donโ€™t want them back on the team. A man with integrity and morals and ethics and who truly lives by that wouldnโ€™t have done anything like  that. Actions speak louder than words. So, for him to do what he did, that really spoke volumes and I donโ€™t want my kids or my nephew to be around a man with no integrity.