Two black teens were kicked off the Victory & Praise Christian Academy football team in Crosby, Texas for kneeling during the National Anthem before a game.
Cedric Ingram-Lewis and Larry McCullough told their coach, Ronnie Ray Mitchem, their plans to take a knee to peacefully protest police brutality, notes KTRK.
Mitchem said that players were not allowed to kneel because it would offend him, as a veteran, and other veterans.
After Ingram-Lewis and McCullough kneeled to protest police violence, not veterans, Mitchem immediately pulled them from the team.
Ingram-Lewis’ mother said:
He has a slave master mentality. If you were to go back to that when they wanted to tell us this is what you are going to do and this is how you do it. And if we didn’t comply, we were beaten, whooped or even killed.
Mitchem said that he has stopped watching the NFL games due to recent protests against police brutality.