Things are heating up in Texas after a local coach kicked two players off the team for engaging in NFL-like protests as the national anthem was playing at one of their games.
The players, Senior Larry McCullough and sophomore Cedric Ingram-Lewis, who put his fist up in a boycott of the anthem prior to the Victory & Praise Christian Academy’s football game. This caused for Ronnie Mitchem, the team’s coach and local pastor, to react at once, kicking them off the squad after the incident.
“I don’t have any problem with those young men,” Mitchem told the Chronicle. “We’ve had a good relationship. They chose to do that and they had to pay for the consequences.”
Mitchem, who is not only a pastor and a coach but served as a Marine as well, made it very clear to the team that no protests were expected by the team. As he said, no additional tensions were needed in what was already a sensitive time for America.
“He told us that disrespect will not be tolerated,” said Ingram-Lewis, one of the booted players. “He told us to take off our uniform and leave it there.”
Rhonda Brady, Ingram-Lewis’ mother, was not having the coach’s reaction whatsoever.
“I don’t want them back on the team,” said Brady. “A man with integrity and morals and ethics and who truly lives by that wouldn’t have done anything like that….For [the coach] to do what he did, that really spoke volumes and I don’t want my kids or my nephew to be around a man with no integrity.”
The political intolerance in America escalated as of late after the NFL decided to boycott President Trump’s leadership by disrespecting America’s greatest symbols- its flag and anthem.