Rick Barnes offers support to Ole Miss players kneeling during national anthem
On Saturday, several Ole Miss players were spotted kneeling during the national anthem before a game against Georgia.
After the game, coach Kermit Davis and AD Ross Bjork expressed their support for the players, and star PG Breein Tyree explained that the players felt it was necessary to protest a confederate group that was on campus that day.
Tennessee heads to Oxford to take on the Rebels on Wednesday night, so on Monday, coach Rick Barnes was asked about the protests. He said he understands and admires the Rebels for doing what they think is right while also making it clear they weren’t protesting the flag itself (via RockyTopInsider.com):
“I really admire and understand those young men because one thing they made clear is they had no intention of disrespecting the American flag,” Barnes said. “It was all about the fact that the hate crime that they felt like that had to demonstrate. I admire them for that.
“That shouldn’t be anywhere. I think the way their administration and Kermit handled that is terrific. I think the fact they were willing to stand up for what they believe, we all should believe actually is a good thing.”
It’s unknown if the players will continue their protest on Wednesday or if it was a one-time thing.
Whatever the case, the players seem to be getting a lot of support.