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MLS Players Booed After Kneeling During National Anthem

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FC Dallas defender Reggie Cannon (George Walker/AP Photo)

By    |   Thursday, 13 August 2020 11:50 AM

Two Major League Soccer teams whose players knelt during the national anthem before their game Wednesday night were met with some boos from the crowd, The Hill reports.

FC Dallas and Nashville SC played in Frisco, Texas, Wednesday night before about 5,000 fans, the maximum now allowed by the coronavirus restrictions, and players from both teams knelt on one knee to show support for the Black Lives Matter movement. 

“You can’t even have support from your own fans in your own stadium. It’s baffling to me,” said FC Dallas defender Reggie Cannon, according to The Guardian. “As a team we try to give the best possible product on the field, and these last six months have been absolute hell for us. Absolute hell.”

He continued, “You got fans booing you for people taking a stand for what they believe in. Millions of other people support this cause and we discussed with every other team and the league what we’re going to do and we’ve got fans booing us in our own stadium. How disgraceful is that? Honestly, for lack of a better word, it pissed me off.”

Cannon also said, "We had someone chanting U.S.A., but they don't understand what kneeling means. They don't understand why we're kneeling. They can't see the reason. They think we're the ignorant ones. It's incredibly frustrating. I'm sorry to have this tone, but you have to call it for what it is."

He said, "It hurts me because I love our fans, I love this club, and I want to see the support that the league has given us, that everyone has given us, from our fans.”

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Two Major League Soccer teams whose players knelt during the national anthem before their game Wednesday night were met with some boos from the crowd, The Hill reports. FC Dallas and Nashville SC played in Frisco, Texas, Wednesday night before about 5,000 fans, the maximum...
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