2 Texas high school football players protest national anthem, kicked off team

Larry McCullough and Cedric Ingram-Lewis (Photo Credit: Cedric Ingram-Lewis)

Cousins Cedric Ingram-Lewis and Larry McCullough play football for Two Victory and Praise Christian Academy in Crosby, Texas. On Friday, Sept. 29, 2017, they were told to hand over their jerseys immediately after they protested ahead of the game.

Ingram-Lewis raised his fist while McCullough took a knee during the national anthem.

Their coach, Ronnie Mitchem, is a former Marine, who found their protest disrespectful, and he told them ahead of the game taking a knee was unacceptable and would have consequences.

The teens’ gestures follow more than 200 NFL players and coaches who have taken a knee during the national anthem over the past two weeks.

In the 2016 preseason, then-49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick used his public platform to protest police brutality and racism by taking a knee during the national anthem. Kaepernick opted out of his contract and remains a free agent.

Ingram-Lewis tells the Houston Chronicle, “He told us that disrespect will not be tolerated. He told us to take off our uniform and leave it there.”

Mitchem reportedly told them they could kneel after a touchdown in the end zone or hand out flyers as a way of protest, just not during the national anthem.



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  1. I bet you that these are the same young men who use the “N” word on a daily basis and refer to women as bihs. Instead of taking a knee, they should focus more on their identities and becoming better young men.

    1. Taking a knee is being focus on their identities as black males. The whole point of taking a knee during the nationial anthem is to protest against police brutality and injustice for people of color.

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