WOODSON, Texas - While NFL players around the league continued the ‘anthem protests’ for a second straight week, a small school in Throckmorton County continued a tradition of honoring Old Glory.
Before the homecoming game against Bryson on Friday, a Woodson High School graduate rode around the field on horseback, carrying a tattered American flag while Johnny Cash’s “Ragged Old Flag” blared over the public address system - " … I don't like to brag, but we're kinda proud of that ragged old flag.”
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That was followed by the singing of the “Star Spangled Banner”
Former 49’ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick started the ‘anthem protests’ last season to shine a light on racial oppression and inequality in the United States. He sat on the bench during the national anthem before a preseason game. During the regular season, he took a knee.
Several players protested in similar ways during the first two weeks of the season.
But the protests went league-wide in Week 3 in response to controversial comments by President Donald Trump. On Sept. 22, during a rally in Huntsville, Alabama, Trump said NFL owners should fire any "son of a b**ch" who knelt or sat during the anthem.
He upped the ante with a follow-up tweet the next day.
If a player wants the privilege of making millions of dollars in the NFL,or other leagues, he or she should not be allowed to disrespect....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 23, 2017
...our Great American Flag (or Country) and should stand for the National Anthem. If not, YOU'RE FIRED. Find something else to do!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 23, 2017
An estimated 250 players took part in protests week 3. The Dallas Cowboys players and coaches all took a knee on the field before the anthem and then stood locked arm in arm during the Star Spangled Banner.
On Saturday night (Sept. 30), President Trump once again called for players to stand.
Very important that NFL players STAND tomorrow, and always, for the playing of our National Anthem. Respect our Flag and our Country!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 30, 2017
There were more anthem protests on Sunday.
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