Players for multiple NCAA tournament teams pulled a knee during the national anthem as the first round of the March Madness Games began on Friday.
The Associated Press reported that most players for Drexel were using # 16 kneeled during the national anthem game before they played against Illinois at the Indiana Farmers Coliseum.
Some Colgate players suffered a knee before their game against Arkansas at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Arkansas eventually won the match-up.
The AP noted that several players at Florida-Virginia Tech at Hinkle Fieldhouse sore a knee, which Florida won.
The kneeling during the national anthem has become an increasingly popular form of social activism among professional and college athletes.
The practice sparked heated debates over free speech after former NFL star Colin Kaepernick kneeled in 2016 in protest at the police killing of unarmed blacks started.
This week, several prominent male NCAA players took to social media using the hashtag #NotNCAAProperty to speak out against league rules that prevent athletes from making money from their names, images, and likeness. < The NCAA was also scrutinized Friday after videos and photos shared on social media highlighted the stark differences between training sessions Proceedings for men and women revealed what sparked outrage from both gamers and sports fans.
The footage showed a dumbbell rack for female basketball players versus a full weight system for men’s basketball teams.
In response to criticism the NCAA apologized and admitted that officials « fell short this year of what we were doing to prepare ».
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