It’s recently been reported that the Brainerd High School football team had plans to protest during our country’s National Anthem at tonight’s football game against the Marion County Warriors in Jasper.
MarionCountyMessenger.com has since learned that those plans or anything similar have been canceled, and according to Brainerd’s principal simply were never true. Tonight Marion County will host the Region 3-2A Brainerd Panthers for homecoming at Bill Baxter Stadium.
News of this protest was first reported by the Chattanooga Times Free Press and Sports Editor Stephen Hargis.
According to the article, BHS head coach Brian Gwyn said he discussed the issue with his players to protest against social injustice. Gwyn and each of the Panthers players planned to stand for the national anthem, bow their heads and place their closed right fists over their hearts.
This, of course, comes on the heels of NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s protests which gained much attention in the news of late.
Since the story was originally reported, BHS principal Uras Agee responded saying there was never a protest, nor will there be a protest, so whatever was on the paper this morning; it wasn’t accurate, it wasn’t correct.
In an interview with local TV station WRCB-TV (bit.ly/2cuEAvb), Agee said that after talking to their players there was never an intention to do a protest nor has there been one planned so no protest.
Agee went on to say that he expect a lot of patriotism…for people to stand up, hold their hands across their chest and being thankful they have an opportunity to live in the greatest country in the world; the United States of America.
Tonight’s game kicks-off at 7pm CDT in Jasper from Bill Baxter Stadium at Marion County High School.