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Freshman Quarterback Dismissed From Team After Kneeling During Anthem

READING, Pa. (CBS) — A football player at Division III Albright College in Reading has been dismissed from the team after taking a knee during the National Anthem on Saturday.

Before the game against Del Val, the Albright Lions decided as a team to both take a knee during the coin toss and to stand during the Star Spangled Banner as a sign of unity.

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One player, 19-year-old Gyree Durante, went down on one knee during the National Anthem. According to school officials, the freshman quarterback didn’t tell anyone his plan to kneel.

In a statement, the school says Durante was dismissed for his decision to not support team unity.

A 24-player leadership council came up with the pregame routine as a way to find common ground and mutual respect on a team with so many different opinions.

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School officials say Durante remains enrolled as a business major. He did not respond to requests for comment.

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