Another prominent member of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln is in support of Cornhuskers football players’ right to kneel during the national anthem.
Chancellor Ronnie Green released a statement in support of the players Wednesday, just as university president Hank Bounds had earlier in the day. Nebraska coach Mike Riley and the team also support players’ right to kneel, an issue that came to the forefront when Michael Rose-Ivey, Mo Barry and DaiShon Neal took a knee during the anthem before Saturday’s game at Northwestern.
Among those critical of the players’ decision are Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts and University of Nebraska Board of Regents member Hal Daub. Late Tuesday, however, Ricketts did agree to meet with Rose-Ivey and “sit down and further the discussion.”
Here’s what Green said in part of his statement:
“While I fully recognize and appreciate that there are many who have strongly-held views that this demonstration could have been achieved in a manner that did not conflate with the observance and allegiance to our national anthem, the fact remains that their personal choice to speak in this way is a protected right that we all are afforded by the Constitution,” Green said in the statement.
Green also had strong words to those threatening the players as they peacefully demonstrate.
“I am saddened that the peaceful – and by their intent respectful and prayer-centered – actions of our students resulted in threats from a few individuals in public forums.”
You can read the full statement below: