Cheerleader Blocked From Kneeling During Anthem Loses on Appeal

Sept. 3, 2021, 12:23 AM

A Black Georgia cheerleader who knelt during the national anthem and was allegedly punished for the act failed Thursday to convince the Eleventh Circuit to revive a lawsuit that claimed her First Amendment rights were violated.

Tommia Dean, a Kennesaw State University cheerleader, said she was inspired to kneel by the actions of Colin Kaepernick, the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback who initiated such protests in 2016 as a response to police killings of Black people. The university responded to complaints about the actions of Dean and others on the squad by having cheerleaders wait in the stadium’s tunnel while ...

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