TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — The national anthem protests have spread from the NFL to college football as well as other levels of football.
Soccer star Megan Rapinoe and fans at sporting events have knelt to join in on the movement started by San Franciso 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
Alabama students protested the anthem at the Crimson Tide’s homecoming win over Kentucky, according to the Crimson White.
How would Alabama coach Nick Saban handle a protest?
“I would first of all listen to what the players had to say and really try to understand their point of what they want to do and respect their opinions and what they need to do,” Saban said. “Look, I’ve never been in a lot of these situations that are occurring now. The only situation I was ever involved in I was a student at Kent State and the National Guard was there and we had an unfortunate incident.”
Saban attended Kent State in May of 1970 when four students were shot by the National Guard as they were protesting the Vietnam War.
Along with Michigan, players from Michigan State also recently raised their fists during the anthem. Alabama’s players are typically in the locker room when the national anthem is being played.
“How people respond and how people react to that is an individual thing,” Saban said. “I would do the best I could to try to understand why a player would want to do that. I do think that everyone’s entitled to individual differences and believing what they want. I really do. We have never used our team here to demonstrate that myself. You’ve never heard me comment politically on anything. We try to keep things to be team things and for guys to try to respect that.”