- Associated Press - Saturday, September 10, 2016

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - Most members of a Virginia high school football team took a knee during the national anthem Friday, copying NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick and other professional athletes’ recent protests.

The Virginian-Pilot reports (goo.gl/F0C7yf) that a majority of Maury High School’s team did not stand during the playing of “The Star Spangled Banner.”

Coach Chris Fraser, who stood for the song along with handful of other team members, said he supports his players’ decision.

Kaepernick refused to stand for the anthem during San Francisco’s preseason games, explaining it was to protest racial oppression and police brutality in the United States.

His gesture opened a wide debate and put the microscope on a pregame tradition that has, for decades, been routine.

Maury lost the game to Grassfield High School 17-6.

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