Four of the five Georgia cheerleaders who knelt last year during ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ to protest police brutality didn’t make the squad this year for Kennesaw State University.
The school’s paper, The Sentinel, broke the news earlier this week, quoting a statement form the KSU athletics department that said a total of 33 applicants did not make the squad, including seven from last year’s roster.
‘The success of our football team and that of the cheer squad, which won the 2018 NCA Collegiate Nationals, resulted in a substantial increase in applicants for this year’s squad — from 61 applicants in 2017, to 95 in 2018 — creating more competition for the 52 available spots on the roster,’ the statement said.
‘Similar to all KSU sports teams, multi-year spots on rosters are not guaranteed and all student-athletes must earn their position on a team.’
But Toomia Dead, one of the cheerleaders who followed Colin Kaepernick’s lead and joined the protest in 2017, told WXIA she thought the move was based on her activism, saying ‘[this is] what happens when you take a stand.’
The ladies’ failure to make the squad comes as public sentiment seems to be shifting in favor of athletes, like LeBron James, taking a stand, despite continued criticism from President Donald Trump.