Kaepernick’s protest was joined by players on other NFL teams and other sports teams. It has now filtered down to high school sports players and even cheerleaders as happened at Cornell High School in Coraopolis. Unfortunately, this time the National Anthem was being performed by a Veterans of Foreign Wars Color Guard. A school board member told a local news station that the cheerleaders had the right to take a knee. The superintendent acknowledged the timing of the cheerleaders’ protest was not appropriate considering the presence of the VFW Color Guard, but he stood by their right to free speech!
Today the American Family Association of Pennsylvania (AFA of PA), a statewide educational organization, contacted Manheim Township School District Superintendent Dr. Robin Felty with additional information about respecting the National Anthem.
The NFL fines players for anything from using vulgarity to wearing the wrong socks during games, but they don’t seem to be inclined to discipline players who refuse to stand during the National Anthem. Let the NFL Commissioner know your thoughts on that!
SPECIAL STATEMENT: “The PIHL has not banned the National Anthem. A badly worded statement went out to teams about the subject and it has since been clarified and corrected. We apologize for the misunderstanding, but the National Anthem has not and will not be banned.” -md