Kneel­ing player cut from Di­vi­sion III Al­bright Col­lege

The Saratogian (Saratoga, NY) - - SPORTS -

READ­ING, PA. » A backup quar­ter­back for Di­vi­sion III Al­bright Col­lege in Penn­syl­va­nia has been cut for kneel­ing dur­ing the na­tional an­them.

Sopho­more Gyree Du­rante took a knee be­fore Satur­day’s game. He says he was “taught you fight for what you be­lieve in and you don’t bow to any­one.”

Pro­fes­sional and col­lege foot­ball play­ers and ath­letes in other sports have been kneel­ing or protest­ing dur­ing the an­them. The move­ment was started by for­mer San Fran­cisco 49ers quar­ter­back Colin Kaeper­nick last sea­son over his view of po­lice mis­treat­ment of black males.

The school says Du­rante was cut be­cause he vi­o­lated a team de­ci­sion to show unity by kneel­ing dur­ing the coin toss, but stand­ing dur­ing the an­them.

The school says the play­ers un­der­stood there could be con­se­quences for any­one that didn’t sup­port the team’s de­ci­sion.

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