Wabash Valley College men’s basketball team speaks out about National Anthem controversy before first game

October 28, 2016

MOUNT CARMEL — In light of recent protests across the nation during the national anthem, Wabash Valley College men’s basketball team took a stance before their first scrimage Thursday night.

“We will not be kneeling during the national anthem,” said Dennis Green, speaking on behalf of the team. “As brothers and teammates, we make an effort to always show respect. We respect one another, our coaches, our teachers and our community.”

The team said that they also wanted to show show respect to their country, and to those who had served and died for it.

“We believe that coming together as one — not only as a team, a family and community — but as a nation, will promote the necessary change.”

To represent their unity, the Warrior team said they would stand and link arms during the national anthem.