New Mexico Becomes First College Team To Protest During National Anthem

New Mexico football makes national news for the second week in a row.

New Mexico Football Draws National Attention

Due to a pregame lightning delay, the National Anthem was postponed to halftime during the Air Force and New Mexico game on Saturday. New Mexico had five players partake in the National Anthem protests that have been seen all over the NFL over the past few weeks. Halftime was reduced to just five minutes because of the delay, which kept both teams on the field for the singing of

"The Star-Spangled Banner." Not many college teams have had opportunity to partake in the protests, this is mainly due to most teams staying in the locker room until the colors have been presented.

The five Lobos that took a knee included: senior defensive end Garrett Hughes, senior safety Stanley Barnwell Jr., senior linebacker Kimmie Carson, junior safety Michael Sewell Jr., and sophomore cornerback Elijah Lilly. Other team members chose to lock arms during the presentation.

UNM head coach Bob Davie touched on the confusion the weather delay brought to the game.

"I didn’t even know that it was going to be played when it was played. I’m not sure our players knew," Davie said via the Associated Press. "So again, I’d like to have the opportunity to visit with our players, talk about what our stance would be, unify it as a football team. I kind of got shocked by that." (Via Washington Post).

There were no participants in the protest from Air Force. The Falcons head coach, Troy Calhoun, spoke on the decision of the New Mexico players to take a knee.

"That’s their right, they live in a country where they are allowed to do that," Calhoun said. "… We got service members all over the world currently that have served, so if somebody chooses not to stand, they are allowed to. There is no law and there should be no law." (Via The Colorado Springs Gazette).

None of the participants in the protest have spoken out on the topic. New Mexico is on a bye week and will have a couple days off from practice.

New Mexico will travel to Fresno State in two weeks, to take on the Bulldogs in their third conference game of the season.

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