Federal judge: School districts can't force football players to stand for the national anthem
January 2, 2018
A federal judge in California ruled last week that school districts could not force football players to stand for the national anthem, or require students or coaches to remove hats/helmets or otherwise display traditional forms of respect while the anthem is being played.
A Native American football player for a San Pasqual Valley unified school district football team, who was identified in court documents as “V.A.,” sparked controversy before a game against rival Mayer High School when he knelt during the playing of the pre-game national anthem. According to the Los Angeles Times, Mayer fans began shouting racial slurs at him, and a San Pasqual Valley cheerleader was doused when some Mayer students sprayed a water bottle at San Pasqual Valley students.