OHSAA to game officials: On anthem, players not your call


With protests against the national anthem causing controversy across sports, the Ohio High School Athletic Association released a memo Wednesday to all OHSAA officials regarding the organization’s policy.

The memo stated: “As officials, you are there to officiate. It is not within the purview of officials to make judgments on personal, social, or political opinions of any player or coach. It is neither proper nor warranted for officials to express their pleasure or displeasure with how players act during the National Anthem.”

The memo continued, regarding the stance of officials during the Anthem: “As OHSAA officials, it is our expectation that you stand and face the flag during the National Anthem. Athletes and coaches have their expectations set by their school. These expectations are set by the school (and) are not within the official’s purview.”

The protests began when San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick began sitting, then kneeling, for the national anthem during the NFL preseason. Kaepernick said he was protesting the way African-Americans are treated by law enforcement. Kaepernick drew both praise and ire from fans, players, media and across social media. Protests in support of Kaepernick have sprung at other events, most recently at Monday’s NFL game when several Philadelphia Eagles — including former Ohio State Buckeye Malcolm Jenkins — raised their first during the anthem prior to the start of the game.

On Sept. 2, Rodney Axson of Brunswick High School near Cleveland became the first high school football player in the country to protest the anthem.


Reader Comments


Next Up in Sports

High School Football: Springboro dodges Beavercreek 31-28
High School Football: Springboro dodges Beavercreek 31-28
Springboro appeared to have a much-needed high school football win wrapped up in the fourth quarter Thursday night at Frank Zink Field.
Bryan Price will return as Cincinnati Reds manager in 2017
Bryan Price will return as Cincinnati Reds manager in 2017
The Cincinnati Reds announced Friday manager Bryan Price has signed a one-year extension and will manage the team in 2017.
Local high school players join anthem protest
Local high school players join anthem protest
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s social injustice statement of kneeling during the national anthem has reached the playing...
Nightengale: MLB's 2016 award winners
Nightengale: MLB's 2016 award winners
BOSTON -- It was the year of the comeback.The Boston Red Sox, who finished in last place in each of the last two seasons, are American League...
Roundtable: Does misunderstood targeting rule need fixing?
Roundtable: Does misunderstood targeting rule need fixing?
Each week during the season, the USA TODAY Sports college staff (Nicole Auerbach, Paul Myerberg, George Schroeder and Dan Wolken) will provide...
More Stories

You have reached your limit of free articles this month.

Enjoy unlimited access to myDaytonDailyNews.com.

Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks.

GREAT REASONS TO SUBSCRIBE TODAY!

  • IN-DEPTH REPORTING
  • INTERACTIVE STORYTELLING
  • NEW TOPICS & COVERAGE
  • ePAPER
X

You have read of free premium articles.

Get unlimited access to all of our breaking news, in-depth coverage and bonus content- exclusively for subscribers. Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks.

X

Welcome to myDaytonDailyNews.com

This subscriber-only site gives you exclusive access to breaking news, in-depth coverage, exclusive interactives and bonus content.

You can read free articles of your choice a month that are only available on myDaytonDailyNews.com.