Per a NJ.com report, a New Jersey high school football coach decided to follow San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s lead in refusing to stand for the pre-game national anthem.
Woodrow Wilson Football Coach Preston Brown, along with the majority of his players, knelt to bring attention to social injustices and economic disparities.
Brown told his players that he was planning on kneeling, but did not ask them to join him.
While the majority of the team knelt with Brown, a few players remained standing while “The Star Spangled Banner” played over the stadium speakers Saturday.
Brown plans to continue kneeling for the anthem.
The school district released a statement claiming their support for standing during the national anthem, but said they were proud of their students for exercising for their First Amendment rights.
“Whether our students choose to stand, kneel, or otherwise, we’re proud of their engagement with what is more broadly a very important social justice issue,” said Camden City School District spokesman Brendan Lowe in a statement.
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