Michigan State players raise fists during national anthem

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EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) – Three Michigan State players held their right fists in the air while standing for the national anthem before the eighth-ranked Spartans took on 11th-ranked Wisconsin on Saturday.

Running back Delton Williams, safety Kenney Lyke and defensive end Gabe Sherrod each made the gesture while standing next to each other on the sideline.

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick received national attention when he refused to stand for the anthem before NFL preseason games earlier this year. He cited racial injustice and police brutality among the reasons for his actions.

Since then, other athletes all over the U.S. have engaged in their own protests during the anthem.

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6 comments

  • steve

    Let’s see how these three, and any other collegiate athletes that feel the same way, would feel if their scholarships were pulled. They’d be gone right now if not for the free ride given them that ultimately is paid for by taxpayers. Who knows what impact, if any, their display might have impacted the game against Wisconsin. Regardless, they are detrimental to overall team attitude and shouldn’t be on the field for MSU, period.

  • Bill

    Let me be clear about not showing respect for our national anthem. You will show respect for the very flag and song that you didn’t have to die for. You should lose your professional or school sports position. Period. I don’t care about your social issues problem. Stand and salute or quit and leave. You have a right to protest and you may do so in any law-abiding manner you chose. But not this song, not this flag. Didn’t your mother teach you anything?

  • Sad Girl

    All you commenters who are being insensitive jerks, you’re the reason people have started to protest in this way. “A flag you didn’t have to die for…”? What you fail to realize is that the protest is against a country and a belief system that never truly accepted entire groups of people even while claiming… “ask men are created equal…” It’s about more than Meer “disrespect”. It’s about showing this country, your constitution was never intended for me, it was never intended to make me feel a part of the whole. It was, in fact, intended to keep me held down as low as low can be, property, less that human. This glad and this song are the very things that destroyed families, killed lawfully, erased or displaced while groups of peoples, and had allowed and is currently showing such inequality that even pusher countries will not accept certain groups of people who call themselves American. Yes, I’m talking about black Americans. I mean we’re not even respected enough to be called black anticancer on the regular like we don’t abs have never belonged. I’m not African American. I want born in Africa. I wad born here in the USA and have seen, first hand, enough inequality to know that this country inherently hates me and my kind. You all need to grow up, show some empathy, and open your eyes.