Did Army Football Kneel in Protest During the National Anthem?
A viral photo alleges that Army football knelt in protest during the national anthem.
The photo was shared so many times in a few days that Snopes looked into it. The fact-checking website labeled the viral photo as "False."
Instagram user livingthelifeof_blackgirlmagic posted a photo of a football team kneeling in the end zone with the caption, “ummmmmthats the US Army football team. So are they unpatriotic too.”
You would think that the typos in the post would have made some people ponder if the post was factual. Well it didn’t. It was shared on every social media platform, including by Ahd Shayamawan Ahab on Facebook.
His post, as of this writing, has been shared over 56,000 times.
The viral photo quickly caught the eye of a family member who reached out to me to see if this really happened.
Within a second, I assumed the photo wasn’t of the Army football team. On Saturday, The Black Knights played at home, defeating UTEP 35-21. The end zone at Michie Stadium isn’t painted blue, as it was in the photo.
The photo was shared so many times in a few days that Snopes looked into it. The fact-checking website labeled the viral photo as “False.”
According to Snopes, the photo shows Navy football kneeling in prayer before their road game against the University of Tulsa.
Scott Strasemeier, a senior associate athletic director for sports information at Navy Sports, confirmed to the fact-checking website that the photo shows Midshipmen kneeling in prayer before the game. Strasemeier added that both teams were in their locker rooms during the national anthem, a common occurrence in college football.
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