Texas coach kicks 2 players off team after anthem protest

Aubrey Yates
October 1, 2017

The Houston Chronicle reports that Cedric Ingram-Lewis and Larry McCullough, cousins at Victory & Praise Christian Academy in Crosby, Texas, were instructed by their coach to take off their uniform and leave the team after the pair staged a protest during the national anthem on Friday.

Mitchem said that the team has a long standing rule that players were not to kneel during the anthem. "Like I said, I'm a former Marine". They also told their coach, Ronnie Ray Mitchem, that they were going to follow through with their protest.

"I don't have any problem with those young men", Mitchem told the Chronicle. We've had a good relationship. He was unrepentant about his decision, however, telling the two players they should have protested "in other ways" and that they had to "pay for the consequences".

It'll be interesting to see what happens with the two players and their coach, as it's likely that we haven't heard the last from this situation. McCullough, a senior, said on social media that he planned to kneel for the anthem. He thought he had a deal with his players that no one would kneel.

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"Actions speak louder than words", Brady told the Chronicle. Instead, he suggested players make their statements by kneeling after touchdowns, or writing and distributing papers about the issue. A man with integrity and morals and ethics and who truly lives by that wouldn't have done anything like that.

His mother plans to complain, but doesn't want her son back on the team.

An increasing number of National Football League players have started to kneel during the national anthem to protest racial injustice and police brutality in the United States. The face of that protest test is former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who knelt a year ago to bring awareness to the issues.

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