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Mike Krzyzewski comments on national anthem protests


Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski is certainly not one to hide his opinions about national topics. He is the latest one to speak his mind on the national anthem protests which have swept the nation in all levels of sports.

He released a statement on the recent protests and he seems pretty adamant about allowing his team members decide what they want. However, he did say that Team USA standing together in Rio was also like making a statement.

“I’m glad we’re in a country that allows us to protest. That’s not alive and well all over the world, so we should be forever grateful for that. Certainly, Colin and whoever has the right to do that,” he said, via the Duke Chronicle.

“For me, I’ll stand for the national anthem. I’m in the military, I graduated from West Point. I know that our Olympic team stood with their hands on their hearts, but a big part of that is we have a great relationship with the military. We kind of in this Olympics supported TAPS, Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, where kids and family members who lost a brother or a husband, they were with us every step of the way. It was our way of saying, ‘We’re with you,’ so that was a statement.

“We used the anthem for that type of statement, and God bless our country that we’re able to make those statements.”

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Caleb is a young veteran of the sports journalism world that has a passion for college football, mostly the SEC, but namely the LSU Tigers. He also has an affinity for the Georgia Southern Eagles, because who doesn't love Erk Russell and national championships, right? He has experience working in print and online media as well as broadcasting, working with his high school alma mater football team and the Savannah Bananas.
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