State Officials Blast Kentucky Basketball for Kneeling During National Anthem

State Officials Blast Kentucky Basketball for Kneeling During National Anthem


The University of Kentucky men’s basketball team received backlash from officials across the state who say the team’s decision to kneel during the playing of the National Anthem was offensive to the U.S. military and veterans.

After the team kneeled during Saturday’s game against Florida, Kentucky Sheriff John Root, along with Jamie Mosley, who runs the Laurel County Correctional Center, burned their UK shirts in protest on a now-deleted video posted to Root’s Facebook page. Root said the Wildcat’s actions made him feel “kind of disgusted and outraged” at the “disrespect that they showed last night to that flag .. and the disrespect to our veterans.” Mosley even offered disgruntled fans the option of turning in their UK shirts to the jailhouse in exchange for a “Back the Badge” shirt that honors all first responders.

The Knox County Fiscal Court also voiced their displeasure of the “unpatriotic” decision by the team, and

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