SJ - September 15, 2020
Two football players from Little Miami High School have been suspended indefinitely from their team for carrying the Thin Blue Line and Thin Red Line flags as they took the field on September 11th. The two asked for permission prior to doing so and were told no.
The students, Brady Williams and Jarad Bentley, say they weren't trying to make a political statement. They were trying to honor the policemen and firefighters who died on 9/11. Williams' father is a police officer and Bentley's father is a firefighter.
From Local 12:
“Were you trying to make some kind of a political statement here?” Local 12 asked Brady Williams, a senior cornerback.
“No,” he answered quickly. “Not at all. I was just doing it to honor the people that lost their lives 19 years ago.“
Williams was holding the Thin Blue Line flag as he rushed onto the field Friday. His father is a police officer, and he says he wanted to honor all the cops who lost their lives trying to save others on 9/11.
Jarad Bentley carried the Thin Red Line flag.
“I was all for it,” he said. “Because my dad is a firefighter, and if it had been him killed on 9/11, I would have wanted someone to do it for him.”
Who would have thought back on 9/12/01 that this would happen less than 20 years after 9/11? Things have definitely changed...