DECATUR, Ill. — On Saturday, the Millikin University football team stayed in the locker room during the National Anthem, reportedly to make a statement as San Francisco 49’ers’ Colin Kaepernick did to bring attention to the violence against African Americans.
The football team stayed back, except for one young man named Connor Brewer. Pictures of him on social media show the college football player standing alone.
Three weeks ago, several Millikin football players took a knee during the national anthem. Many in the community were not happy, according to WAND-TV.
Going forward, the team decided on another gesture to get their message out; one of unity, according to the Herald-Review, which reports Brewer is a offensive lineman who has family members who have served in the military.
“Rather than have our message be misunderstood or misconstrued, we are united in our decision to stay in the locker room until kickoff during which time we will engage in a moment of reflection to personally recognize the sacrifice of so many and renew our commitment to living up to those most important words: “with liberty and justice for all”, WAND reported.
Brewer did not want to comment on why he chose another expression than the one his teammates chose.