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story.lead_photo.caption Arkansas basketball players kneel during the playing of the national anthem prior to an exhibition game against Oklahoma Baptist on Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016, in Fayetteville. ( Michael Woods)

— Arkansas women's basketball players will no longer kneel during the national anthem.

Razorbacks coach Jimmy Dykes and two players announced the decision during a news conference Wednesday. Arkansas is scheduled to open the regular season with a game against Sam Houston State on Friday.

Six Arkansas players knelt during the national anthem prior to an exhibition game last Thursday. Sophomore guard Jordan Danberry said the protest was meant to raise awareness about an "unjust system" that resulted in police brutality against blacks and other minorities.

Danberry said Wednesday that the team did not mean to disrespect the American flag. She said the team's decision not to kneel was made in part by feedback they have received from fans.

The team was involved in a community outreach initiative involving police officers Saturday, said freshman guard Jailyn Mason, who also knelt during last week's anthem. The players have started a program named Project Unify that will encourage dialogue between community groups about societal issues.

This story will be updated


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  • Deadeye26
    November 9, 2016 at 4:34 p.m.

    Meh.. The only thing less entertaining than Razorback basketball is the womens team playing it.

  • dunagind
    November 9, 2016 at 5:33 p.m.

    Glad to see involved in outreach in the community. Best way to make a difference. We all need to do that regardless of color of skin,age etc.

  • Pearl1975
    November 9, 2016 at 5:37 p.m.

    Dunagind - I wholeheartedly agree!

  • goldmerry
    November 9, 2016 at 5:38 p.m.

    Thank you Lady Razorbacks for being proactive for your cause.

  • GeneralMac
    November 9, 2016 at 5:56 p.m.

    Won't the players be disappointing Coach Dykes ?

    He stated he was........" very ,very, proud of the girls who protested "

  • AuntPetunia
    November 9, 2016 at 6:05 p.m.

    Thumbs up, Lady Razorbacks!

  • tenpoint
    November 9, 2016 at 7:18 p.m.

    the people are up there to get an education not do things like that. if it happens again take the scolarships away

    November 9, 2016 at 7:52 p.m.

    I believe Points were made here, By all sides, and that is a good thing, Make our Team Great again, Like Our new Commander in Chief, Everything will be coming up Roses in very short order, and that is a very good thing,

  • Tigermule
    November 9, 2016 at 8:33 p.m.

    Looks like the withdrawal of financial support from donors and the threat of fund withdrawal from l gislators got their attention. Amazing, isn't it?

  • hogan44
    November 9, 2016 at 9:23 p.m.

    I hope these immature girls learn from this experience. When wearing the uniform of a school, you become a representative of that school. I also hope the coach learns to step up, take charge and stop this type behavior before it happens. To the media, the coach also needs to practice saying "no comment".