Wisconsin Basketball Player Begins Kaepernick-Inspired Protest

The Associated Press

Wisconsin basketball star Nigel Hayes took a page out of Colin Kaepernick’s protest playbook and demonstrated during the national anthem.

Just before Wisconsin’s game against Central Arkansas on Friday night, which coincided with Veterans Day, Hayes and teammate Jordan Hill stood behind the rest of their team during the anthem:

Hayes previously helped lead a student protest at Wisconsin, which began after an incident at a football game where two fans showed up with an Obama mask and a noose.

Hayes explained his reason for electing this method of protest to The Daily Cardinal: “You can’t take a knee on the court because my knee would hurt. So therefore I stand back. Similar reasons why [Colin] Kaepernick does it, with the type of country we live in, the things that are going on as you see.”

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