College football player kicked off team for kneeling during national anthem

READING, Penn. - A football player at a Division III school was kicked off his team for kneeling during the national anthem before a game. 

ESPN reports Albright College backup quarterback Gyree Durante knelt during a game against Delaware Valley University on Saturday. His team lost that game 41-6.

The team’s 24-person leadership council voted to kneel during the coin toss but stand for the anthem, according to a spokeswoman. She added the players were told there would be consequences for kneeling during the anthem.

The freshman from Pennsylvania played in two games this season, completing three passes for a total of 35 yards and one touchdown. By Wednesday, his name was removed from the team roster online. 

One of his teammates said he broke their trust by kneeling during the anthem. 

Durante argued that he was taught to fight for what he believes in. 

Albright College is a private liberal arts college located in Reading, Pennsylvania with a total enrollment of about 2,300 students. 

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