Virginia Tech coach brings players face-to-face with veterans to stop disrespectful behavior

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BLACKSBURG, Va. – A college basketball coach says he was fed up.

Virginia Tech men’s basketball coach Buzz Williams did not like the way some players behaved while the National Anthem played before they took the court.

He decided to have a talk with his players and invited a few guests, who happened to be military veterans.

“These guys, when they were your age, interrupted their life, they paused their education, they changed their career, and they gave their life for those chairs,” Williams said in a video, which was posted to the school’s Facebook page. “So when the Anthem is played, we’re going to stand like grown men and we’re going to honor men like this, that gave their life, so we can have a chair to sit in.”

Williams told his players that they should be focused and respectful as the Anthem plays.

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