Auburn basketball players want to protest, but they won’t be sitting for the national anthem like many athletes across the country are doing.
In a story by AL.com’s James Crepea, junior guard TJ Lang said the Tigers won’t sit for the anthem out of respect for the military, but they do hope to find another way to protest the issues in the country.
“We’re going to continue to stand out for the anthem,” Lang told Crepea. “We’re going to find a different way to protest and acknowledge the problem that’s going on. Just standing, it kind of means a little bit more just with our troops and everything.
“We have people (in the program) who have family that are in the military, in the armed forces who give their life for that flag, so it kind of means a little bit more to us than the police brutality-type deal. I feel like as a team we’re coming together, we’re going to find a different way to protest, whether it is wearing something or going out in the community and just trying to raise awareness.”
Also in Crepea’s story, third-year coach Bruce Pearl said he is discussing with his team ways they can protest to address the issues that concern them.
“Our team is going to honor the flag and we’re talking about ways that we can bring awareness through other forms of community service and even protest about the challenges that our young African-Americans face regarding profiling and some of the challenges that law enforcement experience,” Pearl said, according to Crepea. “Our kids have a heightened awareness, as they should.”