(WWBT) - Following San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick's decision to not stand for the national anthem as he expresses concerns about race relations in America, several high school football players around America have joined Kaepernick in solidarity.
In one Texas community, a photo being shared around Twitter showed players not exercising their right to remain seated or taking a knee during The Star Spangled Banner.
According to a report from The Dallas Morning News, a Hurst L.D. Bell player was standing for the anthem alongside his teammates and fans, all while dealing with a painful knee injury.
The newspaper reports junior Vita Tonga tore his right knee ACL and had his knee repaired on Friday, just in time for him to be on the sidelines with his team for their next game.
When the national anthem started, The Dallas Morning News reports Tonga's teammates told him to take his wheelchair and sit in the front of the group, but he opted to stand.
"I didn't really think about it," Tonga told The Dallas Morning News.
"People give their lives just so I can stand up over here in the United States. So therefore I feel as as an American citizen I should stand," he continued.