Cedric Ingram-Lewis and his cousin Larry McCullough, two high school players in Texas, decided that even though the coach warned the team that no anthem protests would be allowed, that they could exert their black privilege and ignore him. McCullough took a knee and Ingram-Lewis gave the Black Power salute.
Their coach, who is a former Marine and a current pastor, quickly approached the cousins and told them to take off their uniforms and to not come back. I’m guessing this is one team that will never have to worry about an anthem protest ever again.
From The Blaze:
According to the Houston Chronicle, Cedric Ingram-Lewis and his cousin Larry McCullough were kicked off the football team at Victory & Praise Christian Academy after they protested during the anthem on Friday. Ingram-Lewis raised his fist in protest, while McCullough kneeled.
Who made the decision to dismiss them?
Directly following the anthem, their head coach, Ronnie Mitchem, told the sophomore and senior players to take off their jerseys and immediately dismissed them from the team. The Chronicle noted that Mitchem is a former Marine and a pastor.
Why did they get dismissed?
Ingram-Lewis explained after the protest that Mitchem had told the team no protests would be “tolerated.”
Mitchem, however, told the Chronicle his two players left him with no choice, and explained he thought he had a deal with his players that none would protest.
He 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.”
Mitchem said he supported the pair and their protest, but not the method or place. Instead, he thought the players could have kneeled after scoring a touchdown or passed out fliers about their plight.
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Rhonda Brady, Ingram-Lewis’ mother and McCullough’s aunt, told the Houston Chronicle that she supports her son and nephew. She was angry about them being punished. Naturally. But she says that she does not want them back on the team because the coach, Ronnie Mitchem, is a man without morals:
“I’m definitely going to have a conversation because I don’t like the way that 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 wouldn’t have done anything like that. Actions speak louder than words. 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.”
I don’t understand that. She lets the two boys hang out together and neither one apparently cared what the coach said, otherwise they wouldn’t have hidden what they were going to do until after they were told no protesting would be tolerated. The coach has plenty of morals. He told the team that protesting the anthem would lead to punishment and without hesitation, he meted it out in a swift fashion.
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