Florida Gators, Ole Miss Take Knee Before Opening Kickoff to Protest ‘Treatment of African Americans’

OXFORD, MISSISSIPPI (CBS Sports) – Coaches and players from No. 5 Florida and Ole Miss kneeled before the opening kickoff of their game Saturday in Oxford, Mississippi, in joint acknowledgement of “the unrest in our country surrounding the treatment of African Americans.”

“As members of the Ole Miss and Florida football teams, we recognize the impact of our personal platforms and are choosing to amplify the issues that directly impact us,” read a statement released by Ole Miss.

“Together we have chosen to take the opening series of today’s competition to acknowledge the unrest in our country surrounding the treatment of African Americans. We will continue to support social justice efforts as members of the Southeastern Conference and members of our respective communities.”

ESPN reported that Florida coach Dan Mullen and Ole Miss coach Lane Kiffin came up with the idea.

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