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UPDATE: Brainerd football team national anthem protest; principal responds

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Brainerd's Jamal Herman, Jr., gets tackled by a Howard player during a 2016 jamboree game. Photo by Doug Strickland /Times Free Press Brainerd's Jamal Herman, Jr., gets tackled by a Howard player during a 2016 jamboree game. Photo by Doug Strickland /Times Free Press
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UPDATE:  Brainerd High School principal Uras Agee responded to the protest Friday, telling Channel 3 that "There was never a protest, nor will there be a protest so whatever was on the paper this morning it wasn't accurate it wasn't correct.”
 
"From talking to our players there was never an intention to do a protest nor has there been one planned so no protest, we're just excited about playing Marion County. It's their homecoming and we're going to try to win a football game.”
 
"I expect a lot of patriotism. I expect for people to stand up, hold their hands across their chest and being thankful they have an opportunity to live in the greatest country in the world; the United States of America."

Assistant Superintendent Zac Brown has made two visits to Brainerd High on Friday to meet with players, coaches and administrators.  He has also spoken with school administrators in Marion County. Assistant Superintendent Lee McDade has spoken with Marion County and Hamilton County law enforcement to ensure a safe environment for tonight’s game


PREVIOUS STORY: The Brainerd High School football team's plans to protest during national anthem during tonight's game have been canceled.

As first reported by our newspartners at the Chattanooga Times Free Press, BHS head coach Brian Gwyn said he discussed the issue with his players to protest against social injustice. According to the article, Gwyn and each of the Panthers players planned to stand for the national anthem, bow their heads and place their closed right fists over their hearts.

NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick's has drawn national attention recently, first by sitting during the playing of the national anthem before games, then by kneeling during the anthem.

Tonight,  Brainerd takes the field to play Region 3-2A rival Marion County.

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