Pee Wee Football Players Take A Knee During Anthem, Receive Racial Slurs From Crowd
After a Caucasian woman took a knee while singing the National Anthem at a Sacramento Kings game on Tuesday, I thought that there was no way this protest could take any other possible form. People have run out of new angles on this. What could possibly ...
Now 12-year-olds are doing it. In the Bethel Park Youth Football League (a suburb of Pittsburgh), three players from the Woodland Hills Wolverines took a knee during the Anthem prior to their game with the Bethel Park Hawks. Woodland Hills is a primarily African-American team.
Woodland Hills coach Marcus Burkley Sr. (pictured), takes it from there (WPIX-TV, via Penn Live):
"Once they took a knee, you see cameras and people taking pictures. And out of nowhere you hear, 'If the little N-word(s) want to take a knee, they shouldn't be able to play," Burkley said in an interview with the TV station that aired Tuesday.
The coach went on to tell WPXI that in addition to racial slurs coming from a select few in the stands on Saturday, his 12- and 13-year-old players also heard them from opposing players on the field. He later told PennLive that referees also assessed his team more than 200 penalty yards during the game, often without an explanation or after dropping flags before contact had even been made.
Yep, some classy adults called kids "n*****s".
In addition, Burkley said that Hawks' parents refused to serve people from the Woodland Hills side of the field at the snack bar. Ultimately the police were called as tempers rose.
The Woodland Hills players, according to their coach, took a knee in response to the Tamir Rice shooting. Rice is the young boy from Cleveland who was shot dead by police for carrying a toy gun in 2014. According to Burkley, his players told him that they were making the Anthem protest because "Tamir was 12 years old, like us."
There were no indictments in the Rice case, but the City of Cleveland paid $6 million to the Rice family to settle a lawsuit.
Burkley said he told the players that he was not going to protest, but that he'd back them up if they did it.