Two black students at Victory and Praise Christian Academy in Houston were kicked off their football team after protesting racial injustice during the national anthem prior to the game.
According to the Houston Chronical:
“Cedric Ingram-Lewis raised his fist while cousin Larry McCullough knelt during the anthem ahead of the team’s game against Providence Classical. After the anthem ended, head coach Ronnie Mitchem instructed them to take off their uniforms and kicked them off the team. Mitchem is a former Marine and pastor who started the church-based football program in Crosby six years ago.”
“He told us to take off our uniform and leave it there,” sophomore Cedric Ingram-Lewis told the Chron.
Lewis’ mom, infuriated by the events, said she plans on complaining to the school but does not want her son back on the team.
“A man with integrity and morals and ethics and who truly lives by that wouldn’t have done anything like that,” Rhonda Brady said. “So, for him to do what he did, that really spoke volumes and I don’t want my kids or my nephew to be around a man with no integrity.”
Coach Mitchem was against the movement started by former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick. He said, “They chose to do that and they had to pay for the consequences.”