Twitter responds to Ole Miss basketball players kneeling during national anthem

Posted on Feb 23 2019 - 5:11pm by Devna Bose

While neo-Confederate protesters were marching 1,000 feet away in the Circle, eight Ole Miss men’s basketball players knelt during the national anthem at The Pavilion before the team’s home game against Georgia on Saturday.

Players including KJ Buffen, Devontae Shuler, Terence Davis, Brian Halums, DC Davis, Franco Miller Jr., Luis Rodriguez, Breein Tyree and Bruce Stevens became the first Ole Miss athletes, and the first college basketball players at a major university, to protest during the anthem since NFL players began similar protests against police brutality and racism in 2016.

Head coach Kermit Davis and guard Breein Tyree responded at a press conference following the game, which Ole Miss won 72-71. They confirmed the kneeling was a response to the Confederate protests.

Meanwhile, the Twitter community has been responding throughout the afternoon to the kneeling.


Breein Tyree, one of the players who knelt, responded via his personal Twitter on Saturday night.


Check out our full coverage of the weekend protests here.