Entire Iowa high school baseball team takes a knee during national anthem before season opener

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An American flag is seen in a file image. (Credit: iStock / Getty Images Plus)

An American flag is seen in a file image. (Credit: iStock / Getty Images Plus)

Before taking the field for the first time since the sports shutdown in March, the players for a high school baseball team in Iowa decided to make a statement.

While the national anthem played before their season opener Monday afternoon, every member of the Des Moines Roosevelt Roughriders took a knee and linked arms as a protest against racial injustice.

“No disrespect to the flag, just simply to bring attention to the issues at hand,” Roosevelt senior infielder Alex Pendergast told reporters. “And I think we did the right thing.”

He added that there’s “just so much diversity at Roosevelt and on our team, so it’s our responsibility to stand up for our community.”

Read the full story on LATimes.com.

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