LHSAA issues memo on high school football players who protest National Anthem
BATON ROUGE – The overseers of high school sports in Louisiana dusted off its policy memo it first issued last year as the sports world is involved in controversies over whether players honor the National Anthem or not.
The NFL and President Donald Trump were locked in a war over the weekend after the president suggested players who don't stand for the anthem should be disciplined. The NFL fired back against the president and players protested the anthem at games Sunday.
Monday, the Louisiana High School Athletic Association issued a memo on the situation – the second such one in two years – essentially using its message from 2016 to direct student-athletes, coaches and school officials for this weekend's games.
“In an attempt to get ahead of potential questions, comments and/or concerns… [the LHSAA submits]… the attached communication which went out approximately one year ago… relating to National Anthem protests by LHSAA member schools, athletes and fans:
… any/all decisions related to… expressions exhibited during any pre-event National Anthem at a LHSAA regular season and/or post season game, match, meet or contest, will be determined by each individual member school and/or member's school district.”
In 2016, the LHSAA found itself dealing with a similar situation after some schools protested the National Anthem.
Monday, a state lawmaker suggested stripping the New Orleans Saints of its state subsidies after the NFL team announced its opposition to the president's remarks on players who refused to acknowledge the National Anthem.
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