Last weekend, a number of Nebraska football players, including linebacker Michael Rose-Ivey, decided to take a knee during the national anthem ahead of their game against the Northwestern Wildcats. Head coach Mike Riley has stood up for his player this week and seemed to give his own opinion on protesting on a national level such as this one.
Riley spoke with the Associated Press and praised his players for what they did last weekend. The players have received national attention because of it and Riley seemed to think the current protests, no matter the size, are good for the country.
“We have to be prepared to be able to sit in a quiet moment and make decisions sometimes about how we’re going to handle this and what’s going to go on,” Riley said. “To me, events like this are kind of exciting.”
He was then asked about his stance and if he would protest if he felt inclined to do so.
“You know, probably,” he said.
This has been an interesting situation over the last few months and fans will likely hear a lot more about players joining a protest as we move forward through the remainder of the football season.
The Cornhuskers face off against Illinois Fighting Illini on Saturday, so fans will have to tune into see if any more players decided to sit or kneel during the national anthem.
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