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.”
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