U. of New Mexico Players Take Knee During Anthem in Game vs. Air Force

Craig Millward
By Craig Millward | October 2, 2017 | 1:47 PM EDT

( -- Five football players from the University of New Mexico took a knee during the playing of the national anthem at their game against the U.S. Air Force Academy on Saturday at University Stadium in Albuquerque, New Mexico. 

The national anthem was played at the end of the first half, as lightning caused the stadium to be closed until a half-hour before the game, USA Today reports. 

According to USA Today, the five players who took a knee were University of New Mexico captain Garrett Hughes, linebackers Kimmie Carson and Elijah Lilly and junior defensive backs Stanley Barnwell Jr. and Michael Sewell Jr. 

Other players on the New Mexico team locked arms during the playing of the national anthem,  according to CBS Sports

New Mexico won the game 56-38.


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