Illinois: Entire Youth Football Team Takes A Knee During National Anthem (PHOTO)

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It was organized by the coach who said this was a 'teaching moment'
A teaching moment for 8-year-olds...

Youth football players on the Cahokia Quarterback Club football team (who are 8 and under) in Belleville, Illinois, all took a knee during the national anthem before a game on Sunday. They “protested” while kneeling away from the flag, according to a local St. Louis news station.

A member on the twenty-five size youth football team reportedly asked their coach, Orlando Gooden, if he saw people protesting and rioting in St. Louis. After asking the player if he knew why they were protesting, the player said, "Because black people are getting killed and nobody's going to jail.”

Gooden said he had talked to them about the Jason Stockley decision and “other situations that have happened in our country,” including Kaepernick’s choice to kneel to protest police injustice against black people.

One of the players asked if they could kneel like Kaepernick and Gooden responded, “As long as we know why we're doing it, I don’t have a problem with any of it.”


Here's the video report from CBS local news