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Two Football Players Protested During the National Anthem. What Their Marine Vet Coach Did Next…

Following a record number of national anthem protests before NFL games last weekend, two football players at Victory & Praise Christian Academy decided to follow the example and protest the anthem. Cedric Ingram-Lewis raised his fist in the air and his cousin, Larry McCullough, knelt. But their Marine veteran coach wanted absolutely nothing to do with it.

The Houston Chronicle reports:

After the anthem ended, head coach Ronnie Mitchem instructed them to take off their uniforms and kicked them off the team. Mitchem is a former Marine and pastor who started the church-based football program in Crosby six years ago.

Ingram-Lewis, a sophomore, said the topic of protesting had come up in the locker room before and his cousin McCullough, a senior, even announced he would kneel via social media. The coach had told players he did not want anyone to kneel, citing his service in the military.

After the game, Lewis said, “He told us that disrespect will not be tolerated. He told us to take off our uniform and leave it there.” Lewis’s mom stated she supported their decision to protest the national anthem. She said:

“I’m definitely going to have a conversation because I don’t like the way that that was handled.

But I don’t want them back on the team. A man with integrity and morals and ethics and who truly lives by that wouldn’t have done anything like that.

Actions speak louder than words. So, for him to do what he did, that really spoke volumes and I don’t want my kids or my nephew to be around a man with no integrity.”

Ronnie Mitchem, the team’s coach, said he made a deal with the players that they would not kneel, and he supported their right to protest, but he wanted them to do it in other ways than during the anthem. He stated:

“That was my point of view. Like I said, I’m a former Marine. That just doesn’t fly and they knew that. I don’t have any problem with those young men. We’ve had a good relationship. They chose to do that and they had to pay for the consequences.”

It will be interesting to see if NFL owners start to take the same approach as ratings have tanked since the protests began.

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6 Comments

6 Comments

  1. John

    October 1, 2017 at 3:27 am

    The mother needs to do some serious soul searching. She is saying that her son should defy those in authority. That is the wrong message to send.

  2. June Eisenhower

    October 1, 2017 at 3:34 am

    GOOD FOR YOU COACH…. IT HAD TO START SOMEWHERE AND LETS FACE IT, SURE WAS NOT THE TIME OR PLACE TO GO POLITICAL. ANYONE THAT HAS CHOSEN TO LIVE HERE IN THE UNITED STATES OWES DIGNITY AND RESPECT TO THE FLAG AND MEN AND WOMEN OF UNIFORM.

  3. Barbara

    October 1, 2017 at 4:02 am

    What does mama Lewis mean when she says the coach has no “integrity”. She doesn’t make sense

  4. Ann

    October 1, 2017 at 4:14 am

    I don’t have a problem with the Coach/Marine Vet, or the two football players, Lewis’s Mom is very upset with the Coach, why? The team knew what the consequences would be it was stressed before the game. This is a Church based football, mostly it does not emulate secular ideas,or liberal-left sided populist movements. Lewis’s Mom must have known this. I hope Coach will give them another chance

  5. Michael Dickey

    October 1, 2017 at 6:21 am

    Excellent Coach! This is the perfect way to deal with this disrespect. Attitude in developing minds is critical. These young boys are learning a lesson in manner and integrity. It is too bad the bad mother doesn’t have a husband to discipline her boys. Discipline is an act of love and concern, without it we only need to look at the NFL. This entire issue stems around the black community for refusing to assimilate into society, Those that do have much healthier and productive lives. America doesn’t have and adjective in front of the name. It is not black or white America. This sepertates our country, all thanks to Obama’s racism.

    • roger domnie

      October 1, 2017 at 12:19 pm

      concur on all points, michael………

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