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University of Tulsa player facing criticism following national anthem protest

TULSA, Okla. – An Oklahoma football player is being criticized for his actions during the national anthem ahead of Saturday’s game.

School officials told FOX 23 that University of Tulsa cornerback Keanu Hill kneeled as the ‘Star Spangled Banner’ played ahead of their game in Columbus, Ohio.

In recent weeks, several athletes have protested during the national anthem, following in the footsteps of San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

Following Saturday’s game, the University of Tulsa released the following statement:

“Following the Tulsa team prayer at Saturday’s football game in Columbus, student-athlete Keanu Hill continued to kneel as the National Anthem was played. A university setting is a place of free expression and open discussion of differing perspectives and opinions, however the actions of one do not speak for an entire group and-in this instance- not for the University of Tulsa Athletics. The National Anthem and salute to the flag are ways we show thanks for our freedom and respect for the men and women who have served our country.”