Two Nebraska regents and the governor have criticized three Nebraska football players for kneeling during the national anthem, while NU’s president is defending their right to do so.
Regents Jim Pillen of Columbus and Hal Daub of Omaha said Tuesday the three players – Michael Rose-Ivey, Mohamed Barry and DaiShon Neal – used poor judgment. Governor Pete Ricketts called the protest over racial injustice “disgraceful” and “disrespectful.”
The school’s president, Hank Bounds, defended the players’ rights, telling the Omaha World-Herald: “It’s all protected by the First Amendment. It’s the basic principle upon which our country was founded.”