AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – Two black Houston-space gamers have been kicked off their personal Christian highschool’s soccer workforce after protesting through the nationwide anthem, with one kneeling and the opposite elevating his fist, native media reported on Saturday.
U.S. President Donald Trump prior to now week has denounced Nationwide Soccer League gamers who kneel or protest in the course of the anthem, an motion some black gamers have taken prior to now yr to protest racial injustice in America.
Victory and Reward Christian Academy head coach Ronnie Mitchem informed the gamers to take off their uniforms after their protest on Friday night time, TV station KTRK reported.
Mitchem, a U.S. army veteran, had informed his gamers to not protest as a result of it will be offensive to him and different army veterans. “I’ve private opinions, too, and as an American I’ve a proper to these opinions,” Mitchem informed the TV station.
The varsity is situated in Crosby, Texas, northeast of Houston.
One of many gamers, Cedric Ingram-Lewis, informed the TV station he comes from a household of veterans and lively-obligation army personnel, “they usually consider what we did is true.”
Most of the college students on the varsity’s soccer group are residence-schooled, KTRK reported.
Reporting by Jon Herskovitz; Modifying by Will Dunham