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(VIDEO) High School Football Players Suspended for Carrying U.S., Police Flag on 9/11

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HOST: “Football players are finding that their support for first responders is coming at a big cost.”

HOST: “As David Winter shows us now the boys are walking a fine line between breaking the rules and standing up for a cause.”

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WINTER (voice-over): “When the Little Miami football team took the field last Friday, September 11th some players carried alongside the American flag a thin Blue Line flag and a Thin Red Line flag.”

WINTER (on camera): “Were you trying to make some kind of a political statement here?”

WILLIAMS: “No, not — not at all. I was just — I was doing it to honor the people that lost their lives 19 years ago.”

WINTER (voice-over): “Brady Williams was holding the Thin Blue Line flag. His father is a policeman and he says he wanted to honor all the cops who lost their lives trying to save others on 9/11.”

I was all for it.”

WINTER (on camera): “Why?”

BENTLEY: “Because my dad is a firefighter.”

WINTER (voice-over): “Jarad Bentley carried the Thin Red Line flag; the problem is the boys have asked the school permission prior to the game and they were denied, and told if they defy the order there would be consequences.”

WILLIAMS: “Listen I don’t care what my consequences are, as long as my message gets across I’ll be happy. Brady and his friends have not heard about any disciplinary action at this point but we just spoke with the superintendent and he says it likely will be coming.”

POWER: “We can’t have students who decide to go ahead and do something anyway after they’ve been told that they shouldn’t be doing it.”

WINTER: “The district superintendent says he saw the flags as symbols of a political point of view and not want to set a precedent.”

POWER: “We did not want to place ourselves in a circumstance where another family might want a different flag to come out of the tunnel, one that may be [one that] many other families may not agree with from a political perspective.”

WINTER: “After Brady’s mom took to Facebook the superintendent says he is finding a lot of people don’t agree with his point of view and have sent hate e-mails and voicemail. Brady and his teammates may be finding the benefits of standing up for a cause outweigh the cost.”

WILLIAMS: “I realize that this was more than just a football team; these guys are now my brothers.”

WINTER: “David Winter, Local 12 News.”

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HOST: “That cost is now huge for the boys. We just received word from Brady’s mom who says the boys were called into the athletic director’s office late this afternoon. They have been suspended from the team indefinitely.”

Rusty Weiss

Rusty Weiss is a freelance journalist focusing on the conservative movement and its political agenda. He has been writing conservatively charged articles for several years in the upstate New York area, and his writings have appeared in the Daily Caller, American Thinker, FoxNews.com, Big Government, the Times Union, and the Troy Record. He is also Editor of one of the top conservative blogs of 2012, the Mental Recession.

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