Suspension lifted for high school football player who took a knee during anthem
September 12, 2016 at 10:18 am
Several athletes, both professional and non-professional, have taken a knee in solidarity with Colin Kaepernick. One in particular is Mike Oppong. The junior at Doherty Memorial High School in Worcester, Massachusetts decided to take a knee during the national anthem at the first game of the season.
Ima pull a Colin Kaepernick and sit during the national anthem on Friday
— BLACK LIVES MATTER (@Oppong_5) September 6, 2016
Oppong talked to Worcester reporter Carl Setterland about what happened and what the repercussions were for his decision to take a knee.
Doherty’s Mike Oppong took a knee on Friday in solidarity with Colin Kaepernick. Says he will be suspended for it. pic.twitter.com/Z3YendSKoq
— Carl Setterlund (@CarlSetterlund) September 11, 2016
Twitter wasn’t too happy about the student being suspended for one game because of his decision.
Baby, we got you. https://t.co/Rpl6YjHsUY
— Tiff Hobbs (@SpiffyTiffyH) September 12, 2016
We support you young man, keeping standing up for your beliefs https://t.co/IV1LpxVOeo
— Justice (@just_ife) September 12, 2016
Stand up for what you believe in. That’s the only way!! Sending prayers your way young fella!! https://t.co/0tlTBwcGtC
— Kenny Gabriel (@DaBoyKG22) September 12, 2016
With support from people on and off social media, the one-game suspension was ultimately lifted.
Thanks to all your love and support my suspension of 1 game has been terminated! pic.twitter.com/a8RB9c200N
— BLACK LIVES MATTER (@Oppong_5) September 12, 2016
This young man makes us all proud, taking a knee and fighting for what he believes in.