Saturday, October 01, 2016
H.S. football players exercise right to kneel during anthem — so sheriff’s deputies exercise a right of their own
High school football players in Louisiana exercised their First Amendment right to take a knee during the national anthem before a game, and now sheriff’s deputies are exercising their right not to work as voluntary security detail at those very events.
Images posted to social media and aired by WVUE-TV show the players at Bonnabel High School in Kenner kneeling along the sideline during the playing of the “Star-Spangled Banner” before their game last weekend. The team was apparently taking their lead from NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick who has repeatedly refused to stand, prompting a national debate over the issue. Celebrities, other professional athletes and even President Barack Obama have since weighed in.
But now players in this small town are dealing with blowback as a result of their actions.
at 10/01/2016 04:30:00 PM