National anthem protest: Dismissed player won't rejoin team after reinstatement
Gyree Durante of Albright College was dismissed after he kneeled during the national anthem
Update: Although he's been reinstated to the team, sophomore Gyree Durante told The Reading Eagle that he won't rejoin the football team at Division III Albright college. According to Durante, some of his teammates have lost trust in him, and he doesn't think it would be a good idea to return even if he has been reinstated.
Original Story: Three college football players previously dismissed from their team for failing to adhere to team rules regarding the national anthem and pregame coin toss have been reinstated, according to a letter from the president of Albright College.
In a message addressed to the "Albright Community," president Jacquelyn Fetrow said that quarterback Gyree Durante, along with two other players who did not "comply with the team's shared agreement established," have been offered reinstatement to the team. Whether those players will accept reinstatement remains to be seen.
Durante, a backup, was notablyafter he knelt during the national anthem ahead of Albright's game against Delaware Valley University on Oct. 7. It was the second week in a row he had knelt during the anthem. The team collectively made a decision to kneel during the coin toss and stand during the anthem, and the choice to remove Durante was recommended by the team's leadership council, which is made up of 24 student-athletes.
"Ongoing review of the details surrounding the game's events has provided greater clarity. What we understood to be shared agreement among players, student leaders, and coaches has not been adequately supported," the president's statement read.
"While we focused on the issue of trust and shared agreement on a football field, much larger issues of social and racial injustice were brought into the spotlight. These must be addressed. We are moving forward quickly and aggressively with a program that will engage our entire community, one that actively supports the full participation of all community members."
Albright is a private institution.
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