A meeting between Nebraska linebacker Michael Rose-Ivey and state Gov. Pete Ricketts will have to wait.
The Omaha World-Herald reported Friday that Rose-Ivey and Ricketts plan to meet after the season to discuss the Huskers player and his teammates’ decision to kneel during the national anthem.
Rose-Ivey, defensive end DaiShon Neal and linebacker Mohamed Barry took a knee prior to Nebraska’s game at Northwestern on Sept. 24. The action sparked a statewide discussion in Nebraska, during which Rose-Ivey and his teammates received hateful backlash.
Ricketts even called the protest “disgraceful” during his monthly call-in show on the Lincoln, Nebraska, radio station KFOR.
Rose-Ivey addressed the criticism (and support) he received with a prepared statement he delivered the Monday after the game. He also reached out to Ricketts on Twitter, saying he “would love to sit down and further the discussion” with the governor.
According to the World-Herald, Rose-Ivey was unable to make a couple of dates offered by the Governor’s Office during the Huskers’ bye week, and the two parties decided to postpone the meeting until after the season.
“I’ll be in the stands cheering on the Huskers, and I look forward to visiting with him after the bowl games,” Ricketts said in a statement.
Earlier this week in his weekly column, Ricketts expounded on his feelings about the national anthem protest, which he called “misguided.”
The notion that our flag represents the imperfections of a flawed country rather than the high ideals of equality and liberty is misguided.
I am encouraged to see young people expressing their opinions on the issues facing our nation and exercising their First Amendment rights. While I respect their right to protest, by choosing not to stand during our national anthem they caused pain to the families of veterans who fought and died to ensure they enjoy that right.