TMZ Sports is reporting this week that one small college in Denver will not allow student-athletes to protest during the national anthem before games.
Colorado Christian University spokesman Jeff Hunt said that “all athletes must stand for the national anthem and prayer before a game or sporting event.”
Hunt heads the Centennial Institute at Colorado Christian University, a think tank that describes its mission as working “to enhance public understanding of the most important issues relating to faith, family, and freedom.”
Hunt impressed on TMZ that he doesn’t believe kneeling for the national anthem has any value in terms of raising awareness for a cause and believes it actually drowns out the real message.
“Unfortunately, refusing to stand during the national anthem dilutes the message of the protestors and portrays disrespect towards our country, all who are serving it, and our veterans,” he said to TMZ.
The school, a private institution of just 7,000 students, didn’t provide any further detail on the specific punishment athletes would receive if they knelt for the pregame tribute.
Trump sparked a negative response from many NFL players last week after he said that he felt players who kneel for the national anthem should be fired, calling them “sons of b**ches” at a Friday rally for Luther Strange in Alabama. Sunday saw at least 300 different players make gestures of protest during the playing of the anthem, with the entire Pittsburgh Steelers team electing to stay put in the locker room for the song.
Trump said at the rally, “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a b**ch off the field right now. Out, he’s fired!’”
“He’s FIRED!” Trump said again, pointing his finger in the familiar pose from his days on the NBC show, “The Apprentice.”
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