Two high school football players kicked off team for kneeling during anthem

CROSBY, TX (WCMH) — Two high school football players have been kicked off their private school’s team after taking a knee during the national anthem at their game Friday night.

Cedric Ingram-Lewis and Larry McCullough play on Victory & Praise Christian School’s football team. The pair told KTRK that they approached their coach with a plan to kneel during the Star Spangled Banner and that they were going to follow through with the protest.

After the Ingram-Lewis and McCullough took a knee, their coach, Ronnie Ray Mitchem, kicked the two off the team. Mitchem said that the team as a rule that players cannot kneel during the national anthem.

Mitchem, a veteran, said he stopped watching NFL games all together as players across the country have taken a knee during the anthem, using their platform as professional athletes to protest racial injustices and police brutality.

“There is a proper time to do something in a proper way,” Mitchem said.

Ingram-Lewis’ mother spoke out against Mitchem.

“He has a slave master mentality,” she told KTRK. “If you were to go back to that when they wanted to tell us ‘This is what you are going to do and this is how you do it,’ and if we didn’t comply, we were beaten, whooped or even killed.” provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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