As we all know, the ever-growing trend of protesting NFL players by kneeling during the national anthem continues to take place, with the newest case of anthem-protesters being two football players at Victory & Praise Christian Academy, which made the bold decision to follow the example of San Francisco 49-ers Colin Kaepernick, as well as many other NFL teams. It all started when Ceric Ingram-Lewis raised his fist in the air, and his cousin, Larry McCullough, knelt. Unfortunately for them, their Marine veteran coach didn’t want anything to do with their protest.
Details reveal that as soon as the anthem ended, coach Ronnie Mitchem instructed them to take off their uniforms, and immediately kicked them off the team. The coach made it clear to the players that he didn’t want anyone on his team to kneel, citing his service in the military and explaining the value of the American flag.
Cedric Ingram-Lewis & Larry McCullough were kicked off of their football team last night. Cedric raised a fist. Larry took a knee.
— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) September 30, 2017
“He told us that disrespect will not be tolerated. He told us to take off our uniform and leave it there,” said Lewis after the game, with his mom supporting their decision to protest by saying she didn’t like the way the two were handled, and she doesn’t want them back on the team.
Coach Mitchem on the other hand said that while he supported their right to protest, he made a deal with them not to kneel, saying that they should protest in other ways.
All in all, things will get pretty interesting if other NFL team owners start doing the same thing.