Nebraska has been garnering national headlines this week due to the fallout and comments following three players kneeling during the national anthem last Saturday.
Recently, Nebraska regent and former Omaha mayor Hal Daub said he wanted the three players – Michael Rose-Ivey, DaiShon Neal and Mohamed Barry – kicked off the team. That did not go over well with ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith.
Smith called out Daub’s comments on First Take, saying that Daub is the problem and “needs to be dealt with.”
“Mr. Hal Daub is basically saying ‘Hey, you do stuff our way or else.’ Wait a minute. They’re peaceful, they haven’t interrupted the game, they haven’t impeded anyone’s ability to come to the game or watch the game and enjoy the game, Smith said.
“They have sat quietly, and still you’re not just talking about disagreement, he’s talking about exacting action against them because they’re not doing what he wants them to do. Hal Daub is the problem here, and he needs to be dealt with.”
Watch the full clip here.
Rose-Ivey has been vocal since the protest, making an impassioned statement Monday about his decision and what has been said to him following it. He is supposed to meet with Nebraska governor Pete Ricketts, who originally called the players “disgraceful,” at some point in the future.