UPDATE: Brainerd High School Football Team Doesn’t Attend National Anthem

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JASPER, Tenn. (WDEF) – It’s the homecoming game for Marion County High School, and as the National Anthem plays, everyone takes a stand, except the Brainerd High School Football players… who were nowhere in sight.

The team did come out eventually. In fact, just moments after the National Anthem finished, the Brainerd High School Football team walked out, onto the field, arms linked, in silence.

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Even as the Marion County football players made their way to the field, Brainerd High players continued to kneel in silence. Several police officers were also on standby, after rumors surfaced days ago suggesting there would be a protest at Friday night’s game, but no one from Marion County seemed to be too upset by it.

“On their part, if they don’t agree with standing, I thought it showed some class,” said Marion County middle school football coach, JJ Gatlin, “I think they done the right thing to keep controversy down.”

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CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) A firestorm is developing Friday over reports of a player protest at the Brainerd High football game tonight.

The Times Free Press reported that the team planned to bow their heads and hold their hands in a gesture to protest injustice during the national anthem tonight at their game in Marion County.

The paper also talked to a Hamilton County Commissioner who demanded firings at the school if the protest went off as planned.

But the principal at Brainerd tells us there never was any protest.

And he has spent all day putting out fires from the report.

Principal Agee has contacted officials at Marion County to reassure them that there will be no protest.

The newspaper now reports that the protest was cancelled.