SEATTLE – (Nov. 6) Seattle University’s men’s basketball team will stand with arms locked during the national anthem performance at each game this year.
“In light of the national conversation around this issue, we have been talking for the last month as a team about the discussions surrounding the national anthem at sporting events,” said Head Coach Jim Hayford. “Our conversation led us to look into the issues behind the protest movement. These are issues that our players and coaches believe are relevant and need to be addressed. We have also discussed how we would never want our actions to be taken by others as a sign of disrespect to armed services personnel and veterans. We love America and we love people. We want a better America for all people. So we have put together a plan of action and a statement that addresses who we are and what we believe.”
The team warm-up shirts, which will be worn by the players during every anthem, contain a quote from Martin Luther King, Jr. – “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
The team will lock arms to show that they both hear and join the voices that are shining light on the injustices in the American legal system and to those without access to legal recourse.
"Justice for all means the freedom to be who you are without worry of constant scrutiny, bodily harm, or hate because of your ideology,” senior Jordan Hill said. “Justice for all means equality for all people, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, religion, or political affiliation.”
"Justice for all means acknowledging, accepting, and even appreciating each other’s differences,” said senior Josh Hearlihy.
"Everyone has a voice," said senior Richaud Gittens. "Justice for all means all voices being heard regardless of skin color, gender or sexual orientation."
The Redhawks are partnering with the Seattle U School of Law to draw attention to the great work being done by law students, staff and faculty in the community.
“We want to do more than just make it about the national anthem,” said Assistant Coach Ryan Madry. “We will back this up with action and partnership throughout the year.”
For more information on the Seattle U School of Law, please visit https://law.seattleu.edu/.