Around the country, people continue to kneel in solidarity with San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick as they protest police brutality and racial injustice in America.
Back in September, the 11 and 12-year-old boys of the Beaumont Bulls football team in Beaumont, Texas made national news when they kneeled in protest just before their football game.
Within 24 hours of their protest, coaches, the kids, and their families began receiving death threats.
Apparently, that was just the tip of the ice berg, as the team didn’t listen to the executive board of the team when told not to kneel during the next game, so the decision came down to suspend the coach for the remainder of the year as well cancelling the team’s season.
“Instead of supporting the boys and their protests, the executive board abandoned them. It was a devastating and extreme move to make. Speaking to Adam Harris of the Bleacher Report, an assistant coach for the team, Alfred Dean, who is also a six-year Army veteran, said of Coach Barber, “He really cares about these kids. What people don’t realize is that we’re not getting paid for this.”
Coach Dean, who had also taken a knee with the team, decided it was just too much and submitted his resignation. Understandably, the players were crushed. They wanted to continue the protest, but wanted to continue playing the game they love as well, but were left without their leaders. So, they decided to do the only thing they truly knew to do, they protested the firing of Coach Barber by not attending their next practice until he was brought back on board.
Determined to play a game of chicken with these young boys, the executive board decided that instead of reinstating the coaches and allowing the protests, they’d simply cancel the rest of the season — and that’s exactly what they did, the parents say. The Beaumont Bulls, in spite of paying fees for a full season, and being in the league playoff race, had the rug pulled out from under them. No sports team in the country has faced this much opposition in response to Star Spangled Banner protests.”