Bluefield Faculty forfeits basketball sport after gamers are suspended for kneeling throughout nationwide anthem

Bluefield Faculty forfeited a males’s basketball sport on Thursday after the NAIA college suspended a number of gamers for kneeling through the nationwide anthems previous to video games over the previous two months. Faculty president David Olive revealed that he had instructed the group’s gamers to cease kneeling earlier than video games.

When the gamers refused, Olive made the choice to droop the gamers that selected to kneel and that led to the group’s sport in opposition to Reinhardt College being forfeited.

“The premise for my determination stemmed from my very own consciousness of how kneeling is perceived by some in our nation, and I didn’t assume a variety of our alumni, pals, and donors of the school would view the act of kneeling through the anthem in a constructive method,” Olive mentioned in an announcement.

Olive spoke with gamers, coaches, and the college’s athletic director, Tonia Walker, in regards to the kneeling through the nationwide anthem. Even after these discussions, he nonetheless made the choice to droop the gamers for his or her actions.

Olive initially wasn’t conscious that gamers have been kneeling through the nationwide anthem. Nonetheless, on Feb. 1, he turned conscious of the truth that gamers had kneeled within the earlier three video games, two of which have been on the highway. After studying in regards to the latest kneeling, Olive spoke with head coach Richard Morgan and instructed him that kneeling through the anthem would not be tolerated.

Following Olive making his declaration clear to the group, Bluefield Faculty gamers selected to disregard Olive’s order. On Feb. 4, Morgan made the choice to maintain his group within the locker room through the nationwide anthem in an effort to keep away from backlash.

“I additional instructed them that their supposed message in bringing consciousness of racial injustices was being diluted or utterly misplaced as a result of some noticed their act of kneeling as being disrespectful to the flag, our nation, and to our veterans,” Olive mentioned within the assertion. “For my part, their message was not being heard.”

The group most just lately kneeled previous to Tuesday’s sport in opposition to Tennessee Wesleyan. Following the sport, Olive instructed Morgan that the gamers could be dealing with “penalties.”

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