Eight Ole Miss players kneel during anthem in response to Confederacy rally

Eight Ole Miss players kneel during anthem in response to Confederacy rally

Eight Ole Miss players kneel during anthem in response to Confederacy rally

Eight Ole Miss players kneeled during the national anthem in response to a confederacy rally that took place near the team's arena in Oxford on Saturday night.

Six Mississippi basketball players take a knee during the national anthem before Saturday's game against Georgia. Two more joined them as the song concluded.

Not far away, a pair of pro-Confederate groups had staged a march in favor of a Confederate statue in the area, according to WLBT.

According to the Clarion-Ledger, nearly 100 pro-Confederate supporters gathered in Oxford to protest Ole Miss' removal of Confederate symbols from university related events. A group of approximately 50 counter-protestors gathered and were kept separated from the pro-Confederates. "The majority of it (the decision) was we saw one of our teammates doing it, and we didn't want him to be alone". 'We're just exhausted of these hate groups coming to our school and portraying our campus like we have these hate groups in our actual school.' Ole Miss went on to win the game 72-71.

In the postgame press conference, head coach Hermit Davis said he wasn't aware of what his players had planned, but he supported their stance against the hate that was marching through Ole Miss.

His players today took a stand and did so in a very public way.


Ole Miss Athletic director Ross Bjork said he had a discussion with the players about the on-campus protest.

Ole Miss knew about the protest, but still made a decision to go through with Saturday's game.

"These people that come here and spill hate and bigotry and racism, we don't want them on our campus".

"We knew they were very likely going to come out in zone", Georgia coach Tom Crean said.

It was a long struggle, but in 2015 Ole Miss finally removed the state flag from campus. Everybody knows. We don't know exactly how many games you have to win because sometimes that depends on who you beat. The university doesn't want them.

According to the Clarion Ledger the groups were protesting the University of Mississippi's discontinuation of Colonel Reb as its mascot. Ole Miss forced Georgia to turn the ball over 19 times in the game. The groups departed while the game was in the second half.

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