Sport College football player at D-III Albright kicked off team for protesting during anthem

23:51  11 october  2017
23:51  11 october  2017 Source:   Sporting News

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A Division III football player has been kicked off his team for kneeling during the national anthem . Gyree Durante, a backup quarterback for the private liberal arts school Albright College in Other NFL players have continued to protest during the anthem , and the movement grew after Trump

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Footballs© Getty Images A college football player at Division III Albright College has been kicked off the team for protesting during the national anthem at the Lions' Saturday game against Delaware Valley University.

A university spokeswoman confirmed to Philadelphia TV station WCAU that backup quarterback Gyree Durante was kicked off the team for going against a "unified team decision" not to protest during the anthem. Durante is still enrolled at Albright College.

The team reportedly decided to kneel during the coin toss of that game, and stand during the national anthem. Instead, for the second week in a row, Durante decided to kneel as a protest against social injustices and racism.

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A Division III football player has been dismissed from his team for kneeling during the national anthem before a game last weekend. Gyree Durante, a backup quarterback at Albright College in Reading, Pennsylvania

Two football players were kicked off their Texas high school 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.

“At some point in life, there’s going to be a time when you’ve got to take a stand,” Durante told WCAU. “For me it just happened to be on Saturday afternoon.

“I was just taught you fight for what you believe in and you don’t bow to anyone,” he said. “I believe heavily in this. So I decided to fight for it.”

Some teammates told WCAU they understood the team's decision to remove Durante from the roster.

“We trusted him throughout the week, after time and time again he told us he would stand,” freshman Josh Powell said. “When you can’t have a player on a team that you can trust, he’s got to go.”

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Albright College Shirk Stadium. As protests from NFL players during the national anthem and the subsequent reactions from owners, fans and politicians continue to spark debate, a former college football player is speaking out after he was cut from the After doing so, he was kicked off the team .

CROSBY, Texas -- The football coach of a private high school near Houston has thrown two players off the team after one knelt and another raised a fist during the national anthem prior to a game.

Durante's protest mirrors the demonstrations of NFL players who responded to President Donald Trump saying players who protest during the anthem should be fired. They in turn followed the example set by former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who began kneeling during the 2016 preseason to protest police brutality. It has become such an issue in the league that officials are considering a rule that would force players to stand during the anthem.

This is not the first time a player has been kicked off his football team for protesting during the anthem: Two high school football players in Texas were kicked off their team for demonstrating after their coach — a pastor and former Marine — asked them to find different avenues to protest.

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The NFL says it has no plans to mandate players stand for the U.S. national anthem, but will rather present a possible solution on how to end the controversial protests when it meets with team owners next week. Commissioner Roger Goodell, along with the head of the NFL Players Association, will meet with the owners from Oct. 17-18 in New York where the issue of player protests during the U.S. national anthem is expected to command much attention.

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