Mascoutah High School football was in the national spotlight this weekend after players flipped the narrative over the national anthem during Friday night’s game.
The team had been planning to stand with first responders and veterans during the national anthem for its homecoming game since before the conversation began about the proper way to take part in the national anthem began, said Athletic Director Scott Battas. Before Friday’s game, Battas consulted some of the seniors to be sure they still wanted to go through with it.
What to do during the national anthem has been controversial across the NFL and other sports leagues, highlighted by President Donald Trump’s urges on Twitter for players who kneel to be fired.
Some NFL players have knelt as the anthem played, going back to late 2016 when quarterback Colin Kaepernick started the trend to protest police brutality. But Mascoutah’s team stood with local police officers, veterans and firefighters, in contrast to what many in the national spotlight are doing.