FSU Volleyball Player Takes Knee During National Anthem
On September 14, 2016, a Florida State volleyball player named Mara Green took a knee during the National Anthem at Wednesday's home match against Florida. Green is one of the athletes who have followed the lead from 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick by choosing to sit or kneel during the National Anthem.
After the match, she read the people at the volleyball game a written statement about what the act means to her: " I have had several family members that served in the military and I have the highest respect of those who serve our country, I am unhappy with the racial tension, racial injustice and police brutality in our country. This is my way of silently and peacefully protesting my beliefs."
Green's coach said that her kneeling made him aware of her intention to kneel for the national anthem, and that he respected Mara's right to freely express herself. He also said that Florida State University is an institution of higher learning that recognizes a student's right to freedom of expression.
Although many people disagree with kneeling during the National Anthem, others have come out in support of these athletes. Vietnam veteran David Dubois said, "I think that this is America, we should have room to be able to express our opinions. I admire what she's doing.'