Student-athlete protesters explain their stand

LANSING, Mich (WLNS) – Athletes, from the pro ranks down to high school students, have been protesting racial injustice and police brutality by kneeling for the national anthem at sporting events.

Wednesday night three Lansing Catholic high school athletes explained why.

The two football players and one basketball player held a moderated discussion and q-and-a session in Lansing.

More than 50 people, including two board members from their school, attended and got the chance to ask questions they might have about the controversial protests.

“Maybe they oppose because they don’t understand, or maybe they oppose because they don’t believe it cause it’s not in front of their eyes,” explained student-athlete Michael Lynn III. “But when I speak I’m very genuine and I’m very truthful and I feel like, you know, if I had a chance to speak to them I might get that opportunity to turn them and if I don’t at least we tried.”

The event was open to the public.

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