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The entire Garfield High School football team and its coaching staff knelt during before the Friday kickoff against West Seattle High School
Several players from the other team also knelt
Colin Kaepernick, the San Francisco 49ers’ No. 2 quarterback, declined to stand during the national anthem ahead of a pre-season game
The move set off a debate about race relations, policing and the mixing of politics and sports
A Seattle high school football team knelt during the playing of the national anthem before a game on Friday night, embracing a silent protest for social justice initiated last month by NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
The entire Garfield High School football team and its coaching staff knelt during The Star-Spangled Banner before the Friday kickoff against West Seattle High School in Seattle.
Several players from the other team also knelt.
Kaepernick, the San Francisco 49ers’ No. 2 quarterback, declined to stand during the national anthem ahead of a pre-season game on August 26, setting off a debate about race relations, policing and the mixing of politics and sports.
Garfield players decided to kneel after talking among themselves about Kaepernick and social injustice, Coach Joey Thomas said.
‘Let’s just talk about it. How are you killing these African American males on camera and we can’t even get a day in court?’ Thomas said, according to the Seattle Times.
Players and coaches plan to continue kneeling all season, Thomas said in a video posted by KCPQ-TV.
It was the first time Garfield football players participated in the increasingly popular demonstration.
West Seattle athletes began kneeling a week prior after getting approval from administration staff.
Thomas told Seattle media outlets his players have encountered either police brutality or racial profiling while also dealing with a racially divided school.
He said his team won’t have to kneel once people start addressing racial injustice.
‘Everybody wants to talk about how this is disrespectful to the American flag,’ Thomas said. ‘That’s a smokescreen. How about we talk about the issues people are kneeling and fighting for?’
West Seattle coach Tom Burggraff didn’t kneel with his players Friday, but said he supports his players’ freedom to protest.
High school football players in Camden, New Jersey, knelt during the national anthem before a game there last weekend, a local NBC affiliate reported.
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