3 Michigan State players raise fists during national anthem (Photos)

Dr. Saturday

National anthem protests have made their way to college football.

Before their home game Saturday against Wisconsin, three Michigan State players — senior fullback Delton Williams, senior defensive end Gabe Sherrod and freshman safety Kenney Lyke — raised their right fists as the national anthem played at Spartan Stadium.

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Mlive.com photographer Mike Mulholland captured the moment:


Sherrod, a graduate transfer from Delaware State, hinted that a sign of solidarity with other protests across the country would be coming. He tweeted Tuesday after a police shooting involving a black man in Charlotte that “even us privileged college students fear for our lives around the police.”


The Michigan State protest comes a day after a group of students protested after Eastern Michigan beat Wyoming. Earlier in the week, racist graffiti was found spray-painted onto a building on EMU’s campus, and a group marched onto the field in a peaceful protest right after the game ended.


Later in the day, players at the University of Michigan did the same thing.

These protests started after San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick decided not to stand for the national anthem during a preseason game last month.

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