On Oct. 7, Albright College football team backup quarterback 19-year-old Gyree Durante kneeled for the second game in a row to protest against social injustice and racism.
“At some point in life, there’s going to be a time when you’ve got to take a stand,” explained Gyree Durante. “For me it just happened to be on Saturday afternoon.”
“I was just taught you fight for what you believe in and you don’t bow to anyone,” Durante added. “I believe heavily in this. So I decided to fight for it.”
An Albright College spokeswoman explained Durante had gone against the team’s decision to kneel during the coin toss and stand during the national anthem.
“The team agreed to uphold the council decision, with the understanding that there may be consequences for those who choose not to support the team,” she said, ESPN reports.