A quarterback for the Albright College Lions, a Division III football team, has been cut for kneeling during the National Anthem.
Well, actually, he was cut for not following the rules, but the left will try to paint it as suppressing his right to free speech.
Gyree Durante had agreed to a compromise with his teammates, as they planned to kneel during the coin toss but rise in unison as the National Anthem was played.
A spokeswoman for Albright stated the compromise “was established as a way to find common ground in a world with many differing views.”
A football player at Division III Albright College has been dismissed for kneeling during the national anthem. https://t.co/hqzGr8LKuw
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Durante decided against finding that common ground and being a team player. He remained kneeling when the national anthem began.
The quarterback said he was “taught you fight for what you believe in and you don’t bow to anyone.”
Perhaps he should have been taught about rules and regulations of playing a sport for a university you attend. Or maybe a lesson on team unity. Oh, and respect for the flag, the military, and our nation. Perhaps those were lessons he missed.
Another life lesson he may have missed – telling the truth.
Former teammate Josh Powell explained, “We trusted him throughout the week, after time and time again he told us he would stand.”
Powell added, “When you can’t have a player on a team that you can trust, he’s got to go.”
He did what he thought was right, but went against TEAM policy and what the TEAM decided to do. Tough call there…
— Lewis Vaughan-Jones (@LewisVaughan9) October 12, 2017
A statement read prior to the game addressed the compromise the team had made in kneeling for the coin toss and still respecting the American flag.
“We storm this field behind the American Flag as a symbol of our commitment, our unity and the value we place on our freedoms,” it read. “We both kneel and stand tall out of the mutual respect we have for each other and the value we place on our differences; because we believe that teamwork is not about tolerating our differences, but about valuing them.”
The Albright spokeswoman said Durante went against that view.
“One football player, unbeknownst to the coach and the team, chose not to support the decision of the leadership council and team,” she said. “He has been dismissed from the team, but remains a valued member of the Albright College student body.”
Now Durante is currently playing quarterback for the same number of teams as Colin Kaepernick – Zero.
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