Gyree Durante, a college football player at Division III Albright College, was kicked off of the team for protesting during the national anthem last weekend prior to the team’s game against Delaware Valley University.
The news was confirmed by Philadelphia TV station WCAU.
Durante kneeled during the national anthem despite the team reportedly deciding to kneel during the coin toss to show unity before then standing for the anthem.
However, Durante wanted to add in a protest of his own.
“At some point in life, there’s going to be a time when you’ve got to take a stand,” Durante told the TV station. “For me it just happened to be on Saturday afternoon. I was just taught you fight for what you believe in and you don’t bow to anyone.
“I believe heavily in this. So I decided to fight for it.”
Albright College issued a statement in response to their decision to dismiss Durante from the program.
The team agreed to uphold the council decision, with the understanding that there may be consequences for those who choose not to support the team. One football player, unbeknownst to the coach and the team, chose not to support the decision of the leadership council and team. He has been dismissed from the team, but remains a valued member of the Albright College student body.
Durante says that he will continue his fight against social injustice in the country and is considering transferring schools.