In early September, several members of The Bay Area Football League Beaumont Bulls youth football team decided to take a knee for the national anthem, a la Colin Kaepernick of the San Francisco 49ers.
In the weeks that followed, the young players and their coach received some media attention for their decision to join Kaepernick and hundreds of other athletes by taking a knee in protest of systemic racism in the United States.
Shortly after the Sept. 10 protest, the attitude surrounding the Bulls changed. According to team mom and team president Seterria Anderson, the team’s head coach was removed from his duties after he allegedly pressured players who didn’t participate in the protest to join their teammates. Almost all of the 22 players on the team participated in the protest.
After the head coach was asked to step down, many players on the team quit, leaving the Bulls short of the amount of players needed to field a team.
According to the Beaumont Enterprise, other members of the team “received threatening phone calls, messages and social media posts in the wake of the initial protest.”
Though this year has been marred by controversy, Anderson believes that things will soon get back to normal.