Tennessee Republicans Call on University Presidents To Punish Student-Athletes for Kneeling
All of Tennessee’s Republican state senators have signed a letter to the state’s university presidents and chancellors asking them to prevent student-athletes from kneeling during the national anthem.
“To address this issue, we encourage each of you to adopt policies within your respective athletic departments to prohibit any such actions moving forward,” wrote the lawmakers.
The inspiration for this letter was an incident at the University of Tennessee at Chatanooga last week, when the visiting men’s basketball team from East Tennessee State University decided to kneel during the “Star-Spangled Banner.” The players claimed they were trying to call attention to racial inequality.
If university administrators followed through on the senators’ request, they would be violating stude
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