The debate about whether or not players should be allowed to silently protest during the national anthem is ongoing, and Michigan State had two players raise their fists in protest before the Spartans took on Wisconsin.
After the game, Michigan State’s Mark Dantonio told the media how he felt about his players protesting during the anthem, and the head coach had no issue at all with his players protesting.
Dantonio on players with raised fists during anthem: "As long as it's done in a peaceful way, this is America"
— Matt Charboneau (@mattcharboneau) September 24, 2016
Dantonio has no problem with 3 players who raised fist during anthem: "This is America. And that's what the flag stands for."
— Chris Solari (@chrissolari) September 24, 2016
Here’s what Dantonio said about the protests in full from his post game press conference.
Mark Dantonio's response to Gabe Sherrod, Delton Williams and Kenney Lyke raising their firsts during the anthem: pic.twitter.com/oZ0hXm4VfO
— Luke Srodulski (@lsrodulski) September 24, 2016
Michigan State players weren’t the only school to have players protest during the national anthem, as University of Michigan players also raised their fists prior to the Wolverine’s game against Penn State.