Pee-wee players take a knee during National Anthem
A pee-wee football team in Illinois is raising some eyebrows after taking a knee during the National Anthem.
The team's coach, Orlando Gooden, spoke with KTVI about the decision saying the kids asked him why professional football players like Colin Kaepernick were kneeling. Gooden says he decided to talk to the kids about it, "I felt like it was a good teaching moment for me," he said. Gooden says he talked with the kids about the reasoning Kaepernick and other athletes have decided to take knee during the National Anthem, "One of the kids asked can we do that? Those were his words. I said as long as we know why we're doing it, I don't have a problem with kneeling."
Gooden says he had full support from parents on the sidelines when the kids knelt, but it was after the video was posted on Facebook that the negative comments started coming, "As long as I have support of my parents and team, I'm perfectly fine and I'm covered under the 1st amendment to peacefully protest and assemble."