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Local high school football players kicked off team after protest during anthem

Posted on October 1st, 2017 at 8:18 by John Sinteur in category: News -- Write a comment


Two Victory & Praise Christian Academy football players were kicked off the team for protesting during the national anthem at a game Friday night.

Cedric Ingram-Lewis raised his fist while cousin Larry McCullough knelt during the anthem ahead of the team’s game against Providence Classical.

After the anthem ended, head coach Ronnie Mitchem instructed them to take off their uniforms and kicked them off the team. Mitchem is a former Marine and pastor who started the church-based football program in Crosby six years ago.


Mitchem said the pair left him no choice. He thought he had a deal with his players that no one would kneel. He said he supported the pair protesting, but wanted them to do it in other ways – kneeling after a touchdown in the end zone or writing and passing out a paper about the issues.

That’s now how protesting works, you idiot.  And where did you pick up that the national anthem has become inseparable with supporting the troops? Oh, and if you’re really a former marine, why don’t you know the origin of the kneeling? In a military funeral, after the flag is taken off the casket of the fallen military member, it is smartly folded 13 times and then presented to the parents, spouse or child of the fallen member by a fellow service member while KNEELING. And that’s why Colin Kaepernick use this specific gesture to protest.

So much stupidity in this coach…

  1. Actually a flag is folded according to the number of folds it takes to fold it. There isn’t some arbitrary number (like 13) which is “required”. There is a common myth that each of these folds represents something. That is also not correct. See http://www.snopes.com/military/flagfold.asp for some further info. Also see the United States Code which covers flag etiquette. There is some website which describes itself as “dedicated to the flag” and comes up often in Google searches. Unfortunately, much of the information on that site is just plain wrong, although it is presented as fact.

    Also, there is no requirement to kneel while presenting the flag to the next of kin (NOK). The NOK may be sitting while the presenter is standing, and most often the presenter will bend over simply to pass the flag to the sitting person. Kneeling might be a way to present the flag to someone sitting, but this is in no way a standard part of a military funeral.

    My credentials for this post? Twenty-eight years of military service and far too many funerals.

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