Albright College backup quarterback Gyree Durante got most of the attention for kneeling during the national anthem before the team's Oct. 7 loss to Delaware Valley, but Albright also kicked two additional players off the team for failing to kneel with the team before the anthem. The three were reportedly removed for failing to comply with a team decision to kneel before the anthem and stand during it.
After further review, the Reading-based college offered to reinstate all three.
Albright president Jacquelyn S. Fetrow released a statement Monday, which said, in part:
"Ongoing review of the details surrounding the game's events has provided greater clarity. What we understood to be shared agreement among players, student leaders, and coaches has not been adequately supported. As a result, each of the students dismissed from the football team for failure to comply with the team's shared agreement established for that day has been offered reinstatement to the team.
While we focused on the issue of trust and shared agreement on a football field, much larger issues of social and racial injustice were brought into the spotlight. These must be addressed. We are moving forward quickly and aggressively with a program that will engage our entire community, one that actively supports the full participation of all community members."
No word yet on whether the three players have agreed to rejoin the team.