ARDMORE, Okla. – Was it prayer or protest?
A former Plainview volunteer football coach said he was let go because he was on his knee during the national anthem.
As you know, professional football player Colin Kaepernick’s decision to take a knee during the national anthem has garnered a lot of attention.
He has used it as a sort of protest against racial injustice in our country.
“I support what Colin Kaepernick’s doing. I support what those young brothers are doing as far making a stand,” said Devo’n Davis.
While Davis said he identifies with that statement, it’s not what he was doing when he took a knee before the Plainview homecoming football game on September 9.
“I was going to take a prayer here before we get going, get my Jesus on and, then, wake up, get out of my prayer and we’re in the middle of the star spangled banner,” Davis said.
He said he removed his hat but stayed on his knee and didn’t think anything more of it until the next day.
“They said I violated the politics policy side of it all: 'We’re going to have to terminate you for violation of school policy,'” Davis said. “I got a lot of issues with it because it’s my freedom of expression.”
Davis said he was in his second season of coaching the varsity Plainview Indians, something he’d poured his heart and soul into.
“It’s a passion, something I did purely out of love,” Davis said.
And, while he was just a volunteer, he was also trying to get on as a substitute teacher with the district.
He said that’s why he’ll be filing a formal complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
“I don’t want it to be taken lightly and swept under the rug because that’s the type of things that’s been going on in this world and it’s an injustice that we can’t let go on,” Davis said.
The Plainview athletic director did not return our calls for comment on this story.