Somehow, out of all of the athletic groups across the country that are kneeling during the National Anthem, the one that was punished the hardest is full of kids.
The Beaumont Bulls football team of Beaumont, Texas has been involved in a roller coaster of gaining and losing support from league officials after choosing to kneel as a showing of solidarity against police brutality.
According to the New York Daily News, the team mostly comprised of 11 and 12-year-old boys first came together and chose to kneel during their Sept. 10 game, which they got backing from league executive board members on. However, once photos of the team went viral, they began receiving death threats and became targets of constant racial digs.
This moved the executive board to instruct the team to not kneel during their next game. When the team came back after a week off, head coach Rah-Rah Barber was suspended and things quickly escalated from there.
Bulls president Seterria Anderson told the Beaumont Enterprise that the team’s season came to a halt because too many players quit for them to qualify for any games. According to April Parkerson, another parent for the team, said that the players would likely return if Barber was reinstated.
As of now, the players that left the team haven’t joined any other rosters given how late it is in the season and due to hopes that they could play for Barber again. Unfortunately, Anderson says this isn’t likely.
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