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Two High School Football Players Kicked Off Team After Protest During Anthem

PITTSBURGH - SEPTEMBER 07: A general view of the goal post during a game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Houston Texans on September 7, 2008 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Protests during the national anthem have reached the high school level.

Much has been made of the protests during the national anthem in the NFL, especially after the controversial comments made by President Trump.

Last weekend saw hundreds of NFL players, and entire teams, show a former of protest or unity during the national anthem.

This weekend, the protests hit home at the high school level.

According to the Houston Chronicle, two Texas high school football players were kicked off their team for protests during the anthem.

From the report:

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, the team’s coach, is a former Marine who reportedly spoke to the team about the anthem before the game, asking players not to protest.

Here’s his take on the protest.

“That was my point of view,” Mitchem said. “Like I said, I’m a former Marine. That just doesn’t fly and they knew that. I don’t have any problem with those young men. We’ve had a good relationship. They chose to do that and they had to pay for the consequences.”

Protests have and will continue to be divisive.

[Houston Chronicle]

Andrew McCarty :Andrew McCarty is a writer for The Spun.