Two Texas teenagers were kicked off their local football team for protesting during the national anthem prior to a Friday night game.
Both players, who are cousins, chose to protest in different ways. Larry McCullough, 18, chose to kneel while his younger cousin, 16-year-old Cedric “CJ” Ingram Lewis, raised his fist in salute, according to CNN affiliate KPRC.
The coach immediately made the duo take off their uniforms and leave the field, the boys said.
“He said, ‘Take off your uniform, right now,’ and he had me and CJ strip down in our uniform — pads, the pants and all, in front of everyone,” McCullough told CNN affiliate KTRK. He and his cousin said they were humiliated.
“He’s a pastor,” said Rhonda Brady, Lewis’ mother. “The way he handled it is almost a slap in the face.”