A group of University of Mississippi basketball players took a knee during the national anthem on Saturday.
Video posted on social media shows the players — around six in all — kneeling as the Star Spangled Banner played. An additional two athletes then joined the kneelers by the anthem’s end.
Speaking to ESPN, player Breein Tyree explained, “the majority of it was just that we saw one of our teammates doing it and didn’t want him to be alone.”
He added: “We’re just tired of these hate groups coming to our school and portraying our campus like we have these hate groups in our actual school.”
The players’ action comes on the same day as others rallied on the campus in support of a Confederate monument.
Twitter users posted photos of the pro-Confederate monument rally on Saturday, in which a small group of people — including at least one holding a Confederate flag — can be seen.
According to News Channel 3, the pro-Confederate rally was held by “out-of-state protesters a few hundred feet from the arena.”
Earlier this week, students also held a silent march protesting the monument and plans for the pro-Confederate event.
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