Two Texas high school football players were thrown off their team literally moments after kneeling in protest during the national anthem before a game on Friday.
The two teens from Victory & Praise Christian Academy in Crosby, Texas planned the protest in advance — and even told their coach — who immediately asked his players to take off their uniforms and booted them off the team, according to ABC station KTRK.
Coach Ronnie Ray Mitchem told KTRK he is a military veteran and has a long-standing rule players must stand for the national anthem.
“There is a proper time to do something in a proper way,” Mitchem told KTRK.
The two players, Cedric Ingram-Lewis and Larry McCullough, told KTRK they were happy with their protest, due to the attention it’s gotten.
Ingram-Lewis’ mother told KTRK she doesn’t believe her son should have been thrown off the team, and criticized Mitchem for the decision.