Nebraska linebacker Michael Rose-Ivey, along with teammates Mohamed Barry and DaiShon Neal, knelt during the national anthem Saturday night against Northwestern. On Monday, the senior spoke about the backlash he’s received since taking the action.
“Even though I am a college graduate, even though I am blessed and fortunate to play college football at the highest level and at one of the most prestigious schools in college football, even though I am a healthy being and fully conscious, I have still endured racism,” he said. “I was still referred (to) Facebook as a ‘clueless confused n—–‘ by former high school classmates, friends, peers and even Huskers fans. Some believe DaiShon, Mohamed and myself should be kicked off the team or suspended, while some said we deserved to be lynched or shot just like the other black people who have died recently. Others believe we should be hung before the anthem before the next game. These are actual statements we receive from fans.”
Rose-Ivey explained the motivation for the players’ protest in a tweet after the press conference and expressed appreciation for support received by Mike Riley, teammates and school administration.
His comments are a reminder that passion surrounding this movement is still hot, even as the weeks pass.