LINCOLN, Neb. — After publicly supporting their right to protest by kneeling during the national anthem, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Chancellor Ronnie Green met with Nebraska football players Michael Rose-Ivey, DaiShon Neal and Mohamed Barry on Wednesday afternoon, the Omaha World-Herald reported.
The details of the meeting were not immediately available, but a University of Nebraska spokesperson told the World-Herald that Green and the three players met on campus Wednesday.
University of Nebraska President Hank Bounds and Green both publicly supported the players in separate statements on Wednesday.
“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.
Rose-Ivey said in a statement on Monday that he received death threats after he knelt during the national anthem before Nebraska’s game against Northwestern.
Green 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.”
Nebraska coach Mike Riley has stood by his players’ choice to protest and the manner in which they did so. Riley said on Tuesday those who are criticizing or threatening his players should remember “this is America.”
Ricketts, who called the players’ demonstration “disgraceful,” has since agreed to meet with Rose-Ivey to talk more about the protest.