Nebraska regent Hal Daub, former mayor of Omaha, had some strong thoughts about Cornhusker players following Colin Kaepernick by kneeling during the national anthem. His conception of “it’s a free country” apparently meant the players were free to be kicked off the football team.
“It’s a free country,” Daub told the Journal Star on Tuesday. “They don’t have to play football for the university either.
“They know better, and they had better be kicked off the team.”
After denying he made the initial comment, he walked it back, a bit. He believes the players ought to rethink their free speech because they haven’t served in the military and the University of Nebraska offered them a scholarship.
“They won’t take the risk to exhibit their free speech in a way that places their circumstance in jeopardy, so let them get out of uniform and do their protesting on somebody else’s nickel,” he said.
“Those publicity seeking athletes ought to rethink the forum in which they chose to issue their personal views at the expense of everyone else.”
Nebraska’s president Hank Bounds expressed support for the players’ right to free speech.