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From Twitter posts alone, protest on high school football fields during the National Anthem increased significantly Friday night throughout the country.
Most were surely in reaction to last week's massive NFL player response to President Trump's Sept. 23 message at a rally in Huntsville, Ala. Trump said NFL players should be "fired" for anthem protests.
In Houston, two prep players essential were. On the spot.
The Houston Chronicle
reported that Victory & Praise Christian Academy (Crosby, Texas)
players Cedric Ingram-Lewis
raised his fist and his cousin Larry McCullough
knelt during the anthem.
After it ended, head coach Ronnie Mitchem took immediate action and dismissed the players from the team.
According to the report, McCullough, a former Marine, instructed that all his players stand during the anthem.
Lewis told The Chronicle: "He told us that disrespect will not be tolerated. (After the anthem) He told us to take off our uniform and leave it there."
Lewis' mother Rhonda Brady said: "I'm definitely going to have a conversation because I don't like the way that was handled. But I don't want them back on the team. A man with integrity and morals and ethics and who truly lives by that would have done anything like that. … I don't want my kids or my nephew to be around a man with no integrity."
Mitchem said he supported protests but not during the anthem. He suggested kneeling after a touchdown in the end zone or passing out literature on the topic.
"That was my point of view," Mitchem said. "Like I said, I'm a former Marine. That just doesn't fly and they knew that. I don't have any problem with those young men. We've had a good relationship. They chose to do that and they had to pay for the consequences."
Victory & Praise went on to win Friday's game 33-32 over Providence Classical (Spring, Texas) to improve to 2-2.