The protests across the NFL against the national anthem has stirred up a ton of controversy on the national scale. But the question is, how is this affecting smaller, local teams?
The answer was soon revealed when two football players in Texas were kicked off the team after protesting the national anthem, according to Daily Mail. The names of the two boys are Cedric Ingram-Lewis and his cousin Larry McCullough. Before being stripped of their jerseys, they played ball for Two Victory and Praise Christian Academy in Crosby, TX. They were told to leave immediately after protesting.
During the national anthem, Ingram-Lewis decided to raise his fist, while McCullough took the pose of the infamous kneel. These moves have grown more popular as President Trump suggested that NFL players who protest the anthem need to be fired.
The Coach, Ronnie Mitchem, spoke with the Houston Chronicle to explain what happened. He told them that he warned the whole team before the game that if they protested, they would be kicked off the team.
Mitchem said that he supported players protesting, just not during the national anthem. On a flyer that he made up and handed out, he told them that they could kneel after a touchdown, or down in the endzone.
It seems pretty reasonable that he would give them the option to protest for the issue of their choosing. But that wasn’t enough.
Ingram-Lewis also had the chance to explain what happened. “He told us that disrespect will not be tolerated,” Ingram-Lewis stated. “He told us to take off our uniforms and leave it there.”
The coach, a former marine, gave very specific directions to his players. He told them that he felt kneeling during the anthem was disrespectful to the military.
Instead of obeying his directions, which they clearly understood, they decided to try and be “trendy,” and it backfired in their face.
Mitchem confirmed that he had no other choice than to fire the team members for kneeling. He had to set an example. Sports are about discipline, and if they can’t manage to have a little discipline when it comes to protecting the national anthem, they shouldn’t be there.
His players were going to copy the NFL and ‘take a knee’ during the national anthem. Was the coach right to kick them off the team?
During Michem’s interview, he said, “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.” The point he was trying to make is it was not about the boys’ personally, although the Left will inevitably accuse him of racism — it has to do with their refusal to follow his guidelines.
All of this is part of a giant mass protest put in place during the NFL during week two of the season when over 200 players and coaches took a knee. It all seemed to be in spite of the President’s remarks on the topic, and not for any specific reason, as opposed to Kaepernick kneeling to fight “systematic racism” while sitting at a wealth of around 22 million dollars. Whatever their reason for protest, players would do well to first consider the consequences of their actions.