In a time in which sports and social activism has intersected inside arenas across the country, North Carolina A&T head coach Rod Broadway is not shying away from the discussions.

In an interview with The Undefeated, the legendary coach said that he would support his players if they demonstrated during the national anthem.

“I’d stand right there with them,” Broadway said. “Saying that guys kneeling for the national anthem is a disgrace to a flag and the military is just the same as saying Rosa Parks had an issue with public transportation. It’s not he same.”

Broadway went on to say that public should continue to focus on the genesis of the public protests instead of making them about the nation’s symbols.

“It’s about equal rights for black young men and unjust killings of unarmed black Americans,” he said. “I think we’ve taken a step back as far as race relations are concerned. We need to be able to stand and be able to speak when we feel slighted by something.”



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