Garfield High football continues protest, kneels during Pledge of Allegiance

Garfield football players and coaches take a knee during the Pledge of Allegiance before a game against Sammamish.

Garfield High School football players kneeled again before the start of Friday’s football game – only this time it was during the Pledge of Allegiance.

The entire team and coaching staff took a knee in unison at the beginning of the pledge before a game against Sammamish at Memorial Stadium in Seattle.

Garfield had kneeled during the National Anthem during the previous two games, in solidarity with 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

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Kaepernick said he demonstrated as a silent protest against racial injustice.

"The whole purpose of this, Kaepernick said and we have said several times, that this isn't about disrespecting our troops," Garfield head coach Joey Thomas told KING 5 when the team first started demonstrating. "We love our troops. It's because of our troops we can exercise this right, freedom of speech."

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