The football coach at Waggener High (Lousville, Ky.) said the decision by one of his players to kneel during the national anthem before Friday night’s game was “meant in no disrespect to any group of people,” including police and veterans, or the United States.
Coach Jordan Johnson said the school is examining an alternative for players to take a stand before next week’s game.
Tre Chappell, a junior running back/linebacker took a knee during the anthem. A number of other players initially kneeled but stood when the music began playing.
“A young man made a decision to make a stand for what he feels is an injustice to him and his peers,” Johnson told USA TODAY High School Sports on Saturday. “We are taking steps for next Friday to ensure our young men can make a stand for social injustice, while at the same time not showing, what is perceived as, disrespect.
“We support our young men in an effort to make a change for their future.”
Asked specifically what those steps would be, he said, “We will display it Friday,” before the game at Atherton.
Johnson said Chappell had not discussed his intention before the anthem and Johnson had not discussed it with the team. He said the team is not supposed to be on the field when the anthem plays about 10 minutes before kickoff, but the anthem began when the team entered the field Friday night.
Waggener beat Shawnee 76-0.