While athletes at HBCUs taking a knee in protest of social injustice has been a steady theme on campuses nationwide for the past two years, coaches have not been a part of the conversation on this cultural movement. Alabama A&M University head football coach James Spady recently addressed the issue in a candid way, after a majority of his players took a knee prior to the Magic City Classic.
“Here is why it means more,” said Spady. “Because I have an 18-year-old son, and I’m going to get emotional when I talk about this, but I have an 18-year-old son who, if he gets stopped by the police, he has a procedure that we have talked about, I have drilled him on, and I have trained him how to behave when this happens. And I think it’s a shame that I have to do that and someone else doesn’t and from that standpoint, you’re right, there needs to be more awareness about it and that’s how I feel.”