Following in the footsteps of Colin Kaepernick and a handful of other pro athletes, most of the Maury High football team took a knee during the national anthem on Friday.
A few Commodores players and coach Chris Fraser stood at attention before the game against Grassfield at Powhatan Field, but the majority of the team dropped to one knee as the anthem played.
“Our school system has said, we’re of the belief, we let our guys do what they believe in,” Fraser said after the team’s 17-6 loss to Grassfield. “And so we didn’t make an issue of it, and if they believe in a cause, that’s fine. I stand behind what they believe in, but I’m going to do what I believe in.”
Maury’s protest follows similar recent high-profile stances by Kaepernick, a San Francisco 49ers quarterback, U.S. soccer player Megan Rapinoe and Denver Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall. Kaepernick, Rapinoe and Marshall have said they knelt during the anthem to protest race relations in the U.S.
Kaepernick sat during the national anthem at a preseason game last month and has taken a knee before ensuing games, sparking a national controversy.
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