Virginia College Forfeits Basketball Game After Suspending Players For Kneeling During Anthem

NOTE: It is nice to know that some folks stand by their word.


Bluefield College, a small Baptist liberal arts school nestled in the  Appalachian mountains in Bluefield, Virginia doesn’t seem to be a likely place to make national news. But when players on the men’s basketball team took a knee during the playing of the national anthem – after being warned several times it was against school policy – the school president promptly suspended the players and forfeited a game.

The players had knelt several times before games in January and February, at both home and away contests. After being warned about the practice, the players decided to stay in the locker room during the playing of the national anthem before an away game.

But before the game on February 9, the players decided to kneel for the anthem. College President David Olive told the coach, “there would be consequences for the actions of the players for violating the College policy.” Those consequences involved suspending the entire team and forfeiting a game.

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