Nebraska regent says players 'better be kicked off the team' for protests
Michael Rose-Ivey didn’t have any trouble explaining why he kneeled during the national anthem before Nebraska’s game against Northwestern last Saturday.
The linebacker eloquently stood before the media and expressed his beliefs and why he felt the protest was necessary. Fellow teammates and head coach Mike Riley supported Rose-Ivey and the other players that chose to kneel during the playing of the anthem.
But a Nebraska regent, Hal Daub, was not pleased with the players who didn’t stand before Saturday’s game against Northwestern and explained what he thought the consequences should be for those who took a knee to the Lincoln Journal Star:
“It’s a free country. They don’t have to play football for the university either.
“They know better, and they had better be kicked off the team. They won’t take the risk to exhibit their free speech in a way that places their circumstance in jeopardy, so let them get out of uniform and do their protesting on somebody else’s nickel.”
This is the latest of a string of criticisms that Rose-Ivey and others have heard because of the controversial decision to protest. Huskers who kneeled during the national anthem have also been threatened through social media over the past few days.
You can see the full video of Rose-Ivey discussing his decision to knee here.