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Lobos who knelt wanted to make statement on racial inequality, not disrespect military

J.P. Murrieta
October 03, 2017 05:44 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- On Saturday night, five University of New Mexico players were the subject of conversation when they decided to take a knee during the national anthem in a game against the Air Force Academy.

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Those same five players sat alongside head coach Bob Davie in front of the media to discuss why they did what they did. They said they didn't intend to insult any of the military or veterans. They chose to make a statement about racial inequality in the world right now.

"We took a knee for something we believe in," defensive lineman Garrett Hughes said. "We took a knee to stand with [Colin] Kaepernick against injustice in America right now."

"Kap been going through what he's been going through for almost more than a year now," added Stanley Barnwell Jr., a safety. "I decided to take a knee because I stand behind what he what he did. I feel like I can't do much right now, but what I can do as a student-athlete and being on TV and all that I can stand behind something."

"No, I don't regret it because it's what I believe in, and I do believe that there needs to be a change in the world because racial inequality is something that is real," defensive back Elijah Lilly said.

Watch the video above for the full press conference.

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