With one eloquent, passionate and gut-wrenching speech this week, Nebraska senior linebacker Michael Rose-Ivey explained exactly why this country needs to have quite uncomfortable conversations about race relations.
And that’s why he, along with teammates Mohamed Barry and DaiShon Neal, took a knee during the playing of the national anthem prior to Saturday’s game at Northwestern. They weren’t the only college football players to join the peaceful protest that Colin Kaepernick started; a handful of Michigan and Michigan State players also raised fists during the anthem prior to their games on Saturday.
In all three cases, players took opportunities on social media and with reporters to explain the reasoning behind their actions, and their feelings about police brutality and injustice against people of color. Rose-Ivey also used the platform to describe the vitriol that followed.
“Some believe DaiShon, Mohamed and myself should be kicked off the team or suspended, while some said we deserved to be lynched or…