The hosts of Fox News of the morning program “Fox & Friends” slammed some eight-year-old football players for peacefully kneeling during the National Anthem to protest police brutality against minorities.
The pint-sized Cahokia Quarterback Club football team (8 and under) took a knee during the national anthem before a game at in Belleville, Illinois on Sept. 17.
Coach Orlando Gooden told KTVI: “One of the kids asked me if I saw (people) protesting and rioting in St. Louis. I said yes; I said, ‘Do you know why they are doing it?’ [The player said] Because black people are getting killed and nobody’s going to jail.”
“I felt like it was a good teaching moment for me to circle the team and have a meeting,” Gooden added. “One of the kids asked, ‘Can we do that?’ I said, ‘As long as we know why we’re doing it, I don’t have a problem with any of it.’”
All the parents supported the coach’s decision to take a knee, but “Fox & Friends” co-host Ainsley Earhardt was upset:
I’m sure these 8-year-olds they hear the story and they’re like “can we do that too? That sounds cool.” They don’t know the background of the National Anthem at that point, but for the parents to be on board, wow.
Co-host Brian Kilmeade complained:”Yeah, you’re never too young to disrespect the country.”