UPDATE 12:45 a.m. Nov. 4 – The director of athletics released a statement supporting players, coach and the women's basketball program after six players took a knee during the national anthem.
"In this country, we value everyone’s right to voice their opinions and views,” Athletics Director Jeff Long’s statement read. “University campuses are places of learning and thus places where differences of opinion and varying perspectives are recognized. We respect the rights of our student-athletes and all individuals to express themselves on important issues in our nation. We will continue to encourage our student-athletes to engage in constructive conversations with their peers, coaches, support staff and administrators to raise awareness of varying backgrounds and life experiences, and to develop understanding among conflicting points of view."
Many Razorback fans have taken to social media to express their opinions about this event.
The women’s basketball team plays its next game against Sam Houston State University at 10:30 a.m. Nov. 11.
10:45 p.m. Nov. 3 – Six members of the Arkansas women’s basketball team took a knee during the national anthem Thursday. The Hogs took on Oklahoma Baptist University in their only exhibition game of the season.
“We feel like a lot of things in society need to change, and one thing is police brutality,” sophomore guard Jordan Danberry said. “It’s black people and people of color being attacked, and we just wanted to speak out and make a difference.”
Kneeling during the national anthem has been more common since San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s recent protests over racial equality in America.
Head coach Jimmy Dykes said he and the staff were proud of the players.
Dykes and staff members met with team members multiple times over the last couple of weeks to discuss why they wanted to kneel during the anthem.
“They had very, very strong, well-informed, educated opinions based upon their real-life experiences, their real life emotions,” Dykes said. “I’m very, very proud of them. They know that I have their back 100 percent. I know there’s plenty of people who are probably disappointed in me, but I know my players aren’t.”