Nebraska head coach Scott Frost was asked the question that many across college football will have to answer: Will he support players who decide to kneel during the national anthem?
The idea of kneeling during the national anthem during the 2020 season across sports has come to light again after the death of George Floyd, who was killed while in police custody in Minneapolis. Nationwide protests broke out, addressing concerns of police brutality, social injustice and racial inequality across the country.
As a way to support that movement and address changes that need to be made in the country, kneeling during the national anthem before sporting events could be something we see again. That idea first started in 2016, when Colin Kaepernick took a knee during the anthem before NFL games.
Frost acknowledged that he wants his players to feel free to voice their opinions. He also stated that, currently, there hasn’t been a decision on what the team or student-athletes will do just yet.
“We’ll see how this thing shakes out,” Frost said according to The Omaha-World Herald. “I know there are a lot of strong opinions, both ways. The only way I would answer that is, I want our players to be able to voice their opinions. I don’t want to direct those opinions. There are only a few schools in our league that are out on the field for the national anthem. We’re not out on the field unless we decide to change it.
“It’s going to be interesting to see how that plays out. But I want our guys to feel free to voice their opinions.”
Recently, Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz was asked a similar question. Ferentz was not opposed to the idea of kneeling during the national anthem, but said he wants his team to be unified in whatever decision is made.
As Frost indicated, some teams don’t take the field under after the national anthem is played. Some may continue to stay in the locker room. Others may choose to kneel.
While no decision has been made at Nebraska, it sounds like Frost wants his players to feel comfortable about voicing their opinions and concerns.