Because catering to a redneck crowd is more important than justice:
East Carolina officials say the school will not tolerate further protests after some band members kneeled while others performed the national anthem before a game. They say they “regret the actions” taken by the 19 members who took a knee during the ceremonies before the game against Central Florida last week.
They say they expect the members of the Marching Pirates “will learn from this experience and fulfill their responsibilities.” They call the protests “hurtful to many in our Pirate family and disrespectful to our country.” Fans booed the protestors after the anthem was completed, and Chancellor Cecil Staton quickly issued a statement affirming the band members’ right to express themselves.
If anybody should be ashamed, it’s the jackass fans who are apparently so fragile something as innocuous as a person kneeling hurts their wittle feelings: