Albright students weigh in on decision to reinstate players

READING, Pa. - As the Albright College Lions make double-moves on the football field, the school has made its own double-move off the field, deciding to reinstate three players who had been kicked off the team for reasons relating to pre-game protests. 

"Whether it's good for people or bad for people, [kneeling during the anthem] causes a statement," said Albright sophomore Maiya Reaves.

Last week, backup quarterback Gyree Durante was dismissed for kneeling during the anthem, which went against a team decision to kneel during the coin toss and rise together for the national anthem. Soon after, the team dismissed two more players who did not fully-kneel during the coin toss. 

Kneeling during the national anthem is meant to bring attention to civil rights and injustice issues, but many take the protest as a slap in the face to veterans.

Students like Reaves weighed in.

"I feel as though they [let the students back on the team] so there wouldn't be any more problems," she said. "I just feel as though they're trying to wipe away what happened. It's not like something you can just clean off. It's a problem we all have to face."​

In an open letter to students, the college's president, Jacquelyn Fetrow, said, in part: "Many have asked, 'What values do we uphold at Albright?' The symbols on Albright's shield represent our focus on the combined pursuit of truth and justice. Thus, we honor, nurture, and celebrate human diversity in all its forms and call into question whatever negates or endangers the dignity and worth of the human spirit. I have been moved by the energy and commitment that this issue has demonstrated. Our continued momentum will actively move us toward the community we aspire to be."

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