As a national conversation continues about athletes kneeling during the national anthem, UCLA head coach Jim Mora offered his thoughts Monday during his weekly Monday press conference.
During home games, the Bruins are not on the field for the national anthem, as the Star Spangled Banner happens while the team is still in the locker room. They also frequently are not on the field for the anthem during road games. According to Bruin Report Online, Mora said he hasn’t had any conversations personally or heard any conversations among the players in Westwood.
“I’m sure everybody has their own opinion and their own take on it, and I think it’s important to respect everybody’s opinion and everybody’s take,” Mora said. “And we try to do that here at UCLA, in a very educational way. You know, we’re all about freedom of speech and freedom of expression, but we’re also about respecting our country and respecting our military.
“You know, my personal opinion is that, kneeling when they’re playing the national anthem doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re being disrespectful to the flag, nor to the military. I think that people find ways to make statements, that’s what this country is about and has always been about. And I think we have to respect each other. I know that our young men, if they were given that opportunity, would be very respectful.”
— Bruin Report Online (@BruinReport) October 10, 2017
UCLA plays at Arizona on Saturday at 6 p.m. PT before returning home the following week to host Oregon at 1 p.m. PT.
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