ESPN Fayetteville won't air East Carolina football game due to anthem protest

Unhappy with the East Carolina marching band's decision to protest during the national anthem, ESPN Fayetteville announced plans to "protest the protest" on Tuesday by not airing the football team's game Saturday against South Florida

Last Saturday, 19 members of the ECU marching band channeled San Francisco 49ers quarterbackColin Kaepernick by either taking a knee or refusing to play the national anthem during the game against Central Florida. The band was loudly booed at halftime as a result.

Colonial Media Chairman Jeff Andrulonis labeled the protest "shameful" and explained the decision for ESPN Fayetteville not to air the game.

"A dozen band members disgraced themselves on the football field this past weekend," he said in the statement. "I'm proud of our country and I'm proud of our soldiers...especially our soldiers fro Fort Bragg...fighting for our country.

"I've talked with some of our East Carolina football sponsors yesterday and will be talking with more of them today. So far, it has been unanimous. Every sponsor I've talked to agrees that last weekend's spectacle at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium was shameful and a message needs to be sent."




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