Football player subject to racist abuse for following Kaepernick’s anthem protest after teammates’ racial slurs

A high school football player who kneeled during the National Anthem after he heard his white teammates using racial slurs has been slammed for his protest.

Rodney Axson hadn’t planned to follow NFL player Colin Kaepernick’s example, but he heard his teammates at Brunswick High School in Ohio denigrating the opposing team on September 2, theNew York Daily News reported.

Axson said teammates called him a ‘n*****’ multiple times later that day, and a Snapchat story emerged with of a note that read ‘F*** Rodney’ and ‘Let’s Lynch N******’.

Rodney Axson (pictured left and right) hadn't planned to follow NFL player Colin Kaepernick's example until he heard his teammates at Brunswick High School denigrating using racial slurs   Rodney Axson

After his protest, a disturbing, handwritten note also appeared on Snapchat (pictured), which read 'F*** Rodney' and 'Let's Lynch N******' with the n-word written out several times

Colin Kaepernick, a quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, has received both criticism and support for his ongoing protest against police brutality and social inequality in the US.

Kaepernick’s protest has spread, with teammate Eric Reid, Denver Broncos’ wide receiver Brandon Marshall, and US soccer star Megan Rapinoe following suit.

Last week, Axson confronted his teammates, who he overheard using the n-word to describe members of the opposing team.

They brushed him off, saying the slurs weren’t directed at him, even though Axson told the Daily News: ‘I do feel it was meant for me because I am an African-American.’

Axson decided to take a knee during the National Anthem at the start of the game, only to face more racist comments in the aftermath of his protest.

Teammates directed the ‘n-word’ at him both verbally and through text messages, he said.

A disturbing, handwritten note was circulated on Snapchat, which read ‘F*** Rodney’ and ‘Let’s Lynch N******’ with the n-word written out several times.

Axson posted what appears to be an apology he received for the Snapchat story on his Twitter account, but it remains unclear who was behind the note.

The 16-year-old, who has the highest GPA on the team, wrote a thoughtful statement to his critics

He hadn't planned to protest until his white teammates used the n-word and brushed him off when he confronted them. Pictured,  the national anthem being played at the school

Colin Kaepernick, a quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, has received both criticism and support for his ongoing protest against police brutality and social inequality in the US

His father told Cleveland 19 he thought he was keeping his son safe from gun violence by moving him to Brunswick, but his son couldn’t escape racism in the city where nearly 97per cent of the population is white.

The superintendent Michael Mayell said he was ‘deeply disappointed’, and issued a statement that read: ‘Racial slurs and hate speech have no place in the Brunswick schools and those found complicit in such misconduct will be dealt with accordingly.

‘This is a statement I have never even conceived that I might need to release. I am saddened to have to do so.’

Source: The DailyMail

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