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Texas High School Coach Boots Players for Kneeling

Mitchem kicked them off the team.

Source: Washington Post

When the national anthem kicked on, Larry McCullough dropped to his knee. His cousin, Cedric “CJ” Ingram-Lewis, raised a fist into the Texas air.

After the song finished Friday night, the two Crosby high school football players — 18 and 16, respectively — were confronted by their coach, Ronnie Mitchem, from Victory & Praise Christian Academy.

“He told us that disrespect will not be tolerated,” Ingram-Lewis told the Houston Chronicle. “He told us to take off our uniform and leave it there.”

Mitchem kicked them off the team.

Right there on the field, before the first whistle blew for the Victory & Praise Sharks’ matchup with Providence Classical, the cousins yanked off their equipment. “He had me and CJ strip down — our uniform, pads, the pants and all — in front of everyone,” McCullough told Reuters.

For more on this story, visit The Washington Post.

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