Worcester football player kneels during anthem before game

A football player from Doherty Memorial High School in Worcester joined a national protest by kneeling during the national anthem before a game Friday.

Mike Oppong, a 16-year-old junior, kneeled before the game Friday night against Leominster. His actions got more attention afterwards, when Oppong tweeted that his coach suspended him for a game because he did not stand for the anthem.

“My coach called me and told me I’d be suspended for a game,” said Oppong. “And he’s the one that actually told me to tweet that.”

Worcester Superintendent Maureen Binieda denied that the coach suspended Oppong, saying he only suggested that might happen. Oppong will not be disciplined by the school.

“I don’t have a right or wrong feeling about it, I think he followed what he felt passionate about,” said Binieda. “And the law says he has the right to do that.”

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