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Ole Miss Players Kneel During National Anthem to Protest Pro-Confederate Rally

"I think our players made an emotional decision to show these people they aren't welcome on our campus..."

By NTK Staff | 02.24.2019 @12:02pm

Several members of the Ole Miss men’s basketball team kneeled during the playing of the national anthem before their game against Georgia on Saturday to protest a pro-Confederate rally that had occurred earlier that day.

“During yesterday’s Ole Miss basketball game, two pro-confederacy groups organized a march on to the Oxford campus,” ESPN’s Jay Harris reported.

According to Harris, the rally was to protest Ole Miss efforts in recent years to distance itself from its Confederate past.

“In response, eight Ole Miss basketball players kneeled at some point during the national anthem prior to their game against Georgia,” Harris said.

“We’re just tired of these hate groups coming to our school and portraying our campus like it’s our actual university you know having these hate groups in our school,” Breein Tyree, who was one of the players who kneeled, said after the game.

“It has created a lot of tension for our campus. I think our players made an emotional decision to show these people their not welcome on our campus, and we respect our players’ freedom and ability to choose that,” head coach Kermit Davis said.

Ole Miss athletic director Ross Bjork released a statement supporting the players decision after the game as well.

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