Protesting during the National Anthem
PULLMAN, WA —
This past NFL weekend, there was a widespread protest during the national anthem.
The Seattle Seahawks and Tennessee Titans both stayed in the locker room during the playing of the anthem, leaving the both sidelines empty.
And no, they weren't the only two teams that protested on Sunday.
Because of the protests, we asked high school football coaches their opinions and thoughts if one of their players were to kneel during the national anthem.
Genesee head football coach Tim Serpber says he'll need time to think about what he would do in that instance.
He went on to say, his kids are such a patriotic group that he would be stunned if that were to happen.
Ultimately, he said he flat out doesn't know what he would if that situation were to occur.
Lewiston head coach Matt Pancheri had relatively the same thoughts.
While Lapwai's head coach Josh Leighton said, “As the son of a navy man, [He] will never dishonor him and his service to the country.”
Washington State head football coach Mike Leach was asked about the protests on Monday, during his weekly press conference.
He seemed more so confused about the nature of the protests.
"First of all, we're in the locker room during the national anthem, together as team,” Leach said. “It's not even clear what's being protested.
“I've never heard a real clear articulation of what's being protested and what's objected too. So, I don't know exactly the issue but, me personally I'm proud of this country. And I would stand for the national anthem, and respect the flag. But with that said, I don't know exactly what they're objecting too and I'm anxious to hear specifically what that might be."
Leach and former WSU wide receiver Gabe Marks had a back and forth about Leach's words on twitter last night.
Marks explained to Leach about why and how the protests started, tagging him in a video about Colin Kaepernick.