Nineteen members of the East Carolina marching band took a knee while performing the National Anthem on Saturday. The action did not go unnoticed and the band was serenaded with boos when it returned to the field at halftime. The university has responded by making it clear future protests “will not be tolerated.”
Jeff Andrulonis, CEO of Colonial Media and Entertainment, was apparently so upset by the students’ protest that he’s decided not to air the Pirates game against South Florida this coming Saturday on WFAY and ESPNFayetteville.com.
The ban is only for one week.
Regardless of where you fall on the political spectrum, we can all agree that Andrulonis’ belief this wouldn’t generate national interest is extremely naive. That line about kids not wanting to get up early is especially regrettable. This story will spread like wildfire. It has all the elements to blow up into ubiquitous sports talk fodder.
Have at it.