East Carolina Marching Band Booed for Kneeling During National Anthem

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistOctober 1, 2016

GREENVILLE, NC - OCTOBER 23:  General view of Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium during the game between the East Carolina Pirates and the Connecticut Huskies on October 23, 2014 in Greenville, North Carolina. East Carolina won 31-21.  (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
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After some members of the East Carolina marching band knelt during the national anthem prior to Saturday's home game against Central Florida, the band was booed when it returned to the field at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium for halftime.    

Pirate Radio 1250 provided a photo of multiple band members kneeling while "The Star-Spangled Banner" was performed:

The same account then posted a video of the reaction when the band played at halftime:

In response to the booing, ECU chancellor Dr. Cecil Staton issued the following press release in support of the band, per Aaron Jackson of InsideECUSports.com:

The ECU marching band's protest was done in support of San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who has been kneeling during the national anthem since the preseason in a demonstration against social injustice.

Many players across the NFL, as well as athletes in other sports, have joined Kaepernick, but the reaction has been mixed.

ECU's protest came a week after demonstrators marched in downtown Charlotte, North Carolina, following the shooting death of Keith Lamont Scott by police.


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