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About face at Albright: Cut football players can return

READING, Pa. - It all began on October 7, when Albright College's backup quarterback, Gyree Durante, knelt during the national anthem and thrust the small, liberal arts school in northeast Reading into the national spotlight. Durante was subsequently removed from the team for doing so.

The college said the players had collectively decided to kneel during the coin toss and then stand together for the national anthem.

This past Friday, Albright announced it was dismissing two additional players who "did not fully kneel" during the coin toss.

Jacquelyn Fetrow, the college's president, responded to that decision with a statement, saying the actions were consistent with the school's policies, but they do not fully align with its core values.

Now, the college is offering all three players a chance to rejoin the team. Fetrow did not offer specifics about the school's change of course, but said in a statement Monday:

"What we understood to be shared agreement among players, student leaders, and coaches has not been adequately supported. As a result, each of the students dismissed from the football team for failure to comply with the team's shared agreement established for that day has been offered reinstatement to the team."

The school president went on to say that much larger issues of social and racial injustice were brought into the spotlight and must be addressed.


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