Every player of a youth football team in a St. Louis suburb staged their own protest of black killings by taking a knee during the national anthem, Young Conservatives reports.
The players of Cahokia Quarterback Club football team, comprised of kids ages 8 years old and below, were joined by their coaches in the Colin Kaepernick-inspired protest during the national anthem.
The act of the team of 8-year-olds was a response to riots that wrecked the city following the not guilty verdict to a white police officer for the fatal shooting of a black man.
One player said: “Because black people are getting killed and nobody’s going to jail,” said Orlando Gooden, who used to play football at University of Missouri and now coaching the team.
Gooden told the local press that all the parents of the football team, located in Belleville, Illinois, a suburb of St. Louis, supported the decision to take a knee ahead of Sunday’s game at Little Devil’s Field.
While many showed support for their move, there were also critics, with some are calling for the team’s expulsion from their league.