Coach: Crowd yells racial slur after youth players take knee during national anthem

Thursday October 13th, 2016

A suburban Pittsburgh youth football league says it is investigating reports of racial slurs being hurled at an all-black team after some took a knee during the national anthem.

Woodland Hills head coach Marcus Burkley tells WPXI-TV his team was playing Bethel Park on Saturday when two or three of his 12- and 13-year-old players took a knee.

He says that's when the racial slurs started coming from the stands. Some of his players told him kids on the mostly white opposing team also used the slur.

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Football players on all levels across the country have joined San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick in his protest of the national anthem before games. Kaepernick sat and later took a knee during the national anthem in a preseason game as he attempts to raise awareness of racial injustice in America.

Kaepernick has continued his protest in the regular season and will start Sunday's game against the Buffalo Bills.

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