Gyree Durante, a sophomore at Albright College in Pennsylvania, says he was kicked off the schools football team because he kneeled during the national anthem.
According to Durante, he knelt during the national anthem for the second game in a row, and he was kicked off the team because of his actions.
A spokeswoman for the school said Durante was released from the team because he went against the team’s decision to kneel during the coin toss and stand during the national anthem.
“This action, which was supported by the coaching staff, was created as an expression of team unity and out of the mutual respect team members have for one another and the value they place on their differences,” she wrote. “It was established as a way to find common ground in a world with many differing views.”
Two other players on the team, Stephen Glynn and Josh Powell, also say they felt like Durante had broken the team’s trust. Saying, while they understood Durante’s position, he had repeatedly said that he would be standing for the anthem.
“We trusted him throughout the week, after time and time again he told us he would stand,” Powell said. “When you can’t have a player on a team that you can trust, he’s got to go.”
Gyre had this to say about the situation:
“At some point in life, there’s going to be a time when you’ve got to take a stand,” said Gyree Durante. “For me it just happened to be on Saturday afternoon.”