Bellarmine players take knee before Friday’s game



SAN JOSE — Bellarmine College Prep joined the national anthem protest Friday night as about eight or nine players took a knee before the San Jose Jesuit school’s game against Serra at San Jose City College.

The decision to kneel did not come as a surprise to the team,

The players, whose numbers were not easily visible as they knelt on the field surrounded by teammates who chose to stand, spoke to school administrators, teammates and coaches earlier in the week about their decision to join the social-injustice crusade started last season by then-49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

“Their intent was really to draw attention to people they feel are marginalized, people of color, immigrants in all different kinds of communities that they feel are not getting enough support, enough attention,” Bellarmine president Chris Meyercord said. “They wanted to bring a great understanding to that. That was really what their intention was.

“They have been thinking about it for a while, working with the school, talking to coaches, talking to teammates. They tried to be really clear about what they’re doing and why they’re doing it. Their hearts are in the right place.”

The players even reached out to classmates, Meyercord said.

“They put a statement out to their peers that they don’t intend any disrespect to the police or members of the armed services. That is not what this is about. It’s about really helping the marginalized.”

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