One college bans athletes from kneeling during national anthem Patrick Smith/Getty Images

While national anthem protests have taken over the sports world since Donald Trump’s “sons of bitches” comments Friday evening, at least one college is pushing back at even the thought of students kneeling.

According to TMZ, Division II program Colorado Christian University is requiring all athletes to stand for the national anthem and the prayer before all games and/or sporting events.

CCU Centennial Institute head Jeff Hunt added, per Bleacher Report, “Unfortunately, refusing to stand during the National Anthem dilutes the message of the protestors and portrays disrespect towards our country, all who are serving it, and our veterans.”

Here’s what President Trump said Friday night:

“Wouldn’t you love one of these NFL owners… when someone disrespects our flag say, “Get that son of a bitch off the field, right now, out, he’s fired.”

In turn, NFL, NBA and MLB athletes have responded with either comments pushing back against the president or reactionary statements such as kneeling or staying in the locker room.

Prashad is the Senior Content Editor for Cox Media Group's He considers Muhammad Ali, Ray Allen and Paul Pierce some of the all-time greats. Boston is TitleTown, in case you were wondering.
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