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W&M soccer players take a stand on their knee

W&M soccer players take a stand on their knee

WILLIAMSBURG — As William and Mary hosted nationally ranked North Carolina on Tuesday evening, 22 starting players between the two men's soccer sides lined up and faced the American flag for the routine pregame playing of the national anthem.

As the Star-Spangled Banner's opening note sounded, one of them took a knee and lowered his head, leaving the other 21 players standing at attention. Then a pair of teammates followed his lead, kneeling on the sideline, their heads bowed in solidarity.

Only those three William and Mary players knew the protest would take place. It was the first time this season sophomore starter Antonio Bustamante, senior Jordan Petitt and redshirt...