University of Nebraska Regent Hal Daub denies he told a Nebraska newspaper that three Husker football players who knelt during the national anthem Saturday should be kicked off the team.
The Lincoln Journal Start quoted Daub as stating, “They know better, and they had better be kicked off the team.” The paper further reports Daub called the newspaper later and denied saying it.
Senior linebacker Michael Rose-Ivey knelt on the sidelines of Northwestern University’s Ryan Field along with two other Huskers, DaiShon Neal and Mohamed Barry, during the playing of the national anthem in protest of recent police shootings of black men.
Daub denies making that statement and asked for a retraction.
Daub says he contacted the newspaper directly.
“I told them I didn’t say it,” Daub tells Nebraska Radio Network affiliate KFAB’s Morning Show. “I said do you have it recorded? No, it was in my notes. Well, how did you reach that because at the end of the story you are saying what should be done about it – the regents do about? I said time will tell. Let’s wait for this to play out. It was logically clear that wouldn’t have been what I would of said in a story. It is just flat-out wrong.”
Daub says number one, he wouldn’t of said that and number two, he wouldn’t do that kind of thing and he doesn’t want to be misunderstood.
Daub says everyone has a right to free speech and he doesn’t want to suppress that right, but this wasn’t the time or place to do so.
“This conduct for a Nebraska football player is, in my view, unacceptable,” Daub says. “It is disrespectful.”
Daub adds the football players should find other venues for expressing and acting on their opinions.