A freshman football player from Albright College in Pennsylvania was forced to learn a hard lesson after kneeling during the national anthem. This is a trend that we are seeing pop up all throughout the NFL, and now, even college teams are apparently joining the “cause.”
Gyree Durante, the quarterback for his college’s Division III team, was confronted after taking a knee. According to NewsMax, Durante was cut from the team when he protested the national anthem when they played Delaware Valley University this past Saturday. Since the time of his release, a spokeswoman for Albright College came out to explain exactly what happened.
The spokeswoman explained that before they went out for the game, everyone came to the conclusion that they would kneel during the coin toss, but everyone would stand during the national anthem. The coaches and team agreed to these terms before the game.
It was decided as a group so that everyone watching could see the expression of team unity. It would also allow members to show each other mutual respect and allow everyone the chance to display the value they have for their team’s differences.
In her statement, the Albright College spokeswoman noted that: “It was established as a way to find common ground in a world with many differing views.”
Instead of following through with the rest of his team, Durante decided that he was going to kneel during the national anthem. The agreement that everyone had previously talked about seemed to have meant nothing to him, and he was forced to pay the price.
The Albright College spokeswoman went on to confirm that all of the players were informed that if they decided to kneel during the national anthem, there would be repercussions. They never specified what the consequences would be.
It can be assumed that if a player turned their back on the team and the group conversation that just took place, it would be more than just a simple slap on the wrist. Much to the dismay of his teammates and the coaches, Durante turned his back on them.
Two of Durante’s teammates talked about how they felt regarding Durante’s decision. According to NBC10, Josh Powell stated, “We trusted him throughout the week, after time and time again he told us he would stand.”
Trust is the main pillar in any relationship, team, group, or friendship. Powell continued, “When you can’t have a player on a team that you can trust, he’s got to go.”
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Durante also had the opportunity to talk to NBC10 after being kicked off the team. He still refused to admit that he let his team down and said that he was raised to fight for what he believes in and that he shouldn’t bow down to anyone.
“I believe heavily in this,” Durante said. “So I decided to fight for it.”
But the question here is, was the fight worth it? He didn’t achieve or change anything, and furthermore, does he have plans to do anything constructive about the issue that he so strongly believes in? He stated that he is considering transferring to another school, and it will be interesting to see if his choice to kneel will affect his spot on another team.