Nebraska Football Player: Racists Threaten To 'Lynch' Me For Kneeling During The Anthem
In an emotional speech on Monday, African-American football player Michael Rose-Ivey revealed that fans had threatened to lynch him because he declined to participate in the national anthem.
At Sunday’s game, the Nebraska linebacker followed the lead of San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and kneeled to protest police violence during the national anthem.
Rose-Ivey explained during a press conference on Monday that he had received “way more positive” responses from fans, but he found the tone of the negative feedback to be disturbing.
“While the anthem played, I prayed along with DaiShon and Mohamed, and we asked God to watch over us and protect us, to look down on this country with grace and mercy and to look down on all of us with grace and mercy,” he told reporters. “As we looked at what’s been going on in this country, the injustices that have been taking place primarily against people of color, we all realized that there is a systemic problem in America that needs to be addressed.”
Rose-Ivey said that he did not expect “the enormous amount of hateful, racially-motivated comments we received from friends, peers, fans, members of the media and others about the method of protest.”