Three Huskers face backlash for anthem protest, defend their actions

LINCOLN, Ne (FOX42KPTM) - The national anthem protests that have happened across the country are now happening in Nebraska. On Saturday, three Husker football players were seen kneeling during the Star Spangled Banner.

Michael Rose-Ivey said at a news conference Monday he felt like it was his responsibility to take a knee to fight social injustice. Head Coach Mike Riley even gave him the okay to do it.

"He approached me about it the night before," said Riley. "I thought he very eloquently expressed his position and why he was going to do that."

Rose-Ivey was joined in the protest by teammates DaiShon Neal and Mohamed Barry. It happened before Nebraska's game against Northwestern Saturday.

"We're talking about lives as a sensitive subject. We're not talking about people's feelings, but about lives, so there has to be a bigger importance on that," said Rose-Ivey.

For Rose-Ivey, his actions are starting a conversation in Nebraska.

"Since I've done that there are people coming up talking to me. What can I do? What is my role?"

Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts calls protesting the national anthem disgraceful and disrespectful. Rose-Ivey sees things differently.

"Just because we have a difference in opinions or we're different in actions does not mean we're different. It's just an opinion."

Nebraska quarterback Tommy Armstrong said Monday he'll remain neutral when it comes to anthem protests for now, but he will support his teammates.