Three playing members of the Nebraska football program who knelt in protest during the playing of the national anthem Saturday faced significant — and some racially-charged — criticism for their actions, including one NU regent who wants the players removed from the program. The state’s governor, Pete Ricketts (pictured, right), was highly critical as well.
“Generations of men and women have died to give them that right to protest,” Ricketts said. “I think the way they chose to protest was disgraceful and disrespectful.”
One of the NU kneelers, senior linebacker Michael Rose-Ivey, took to Twitter to ask the governor to met with him and discuss the issues that led he and his teammates, freshmen Mohamed Barry and DaiShon Neal, to kneel in protest.
@GovRicketts I would love to sit down and further the discussion with you if you are available..
— Michael Rose-Ivey (@Rose_IveyNB15) September 27, 2016
Late Tuesday night, Ricketts responded.
.@Rose_IveyNB15 Thanks for reaching out. Direct message me your information, and we will get something set up right away!
— Gov. Pete Ricketts (@GovRicketts) September 28, 2016
Imagine that, discussion, not rhetoric, on both sides of an issue. What a revolutionary concept.