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Saturday, November 18, 2017

Rasool Samir, a former member of the Garden City (Kansas) Community College basketball team, believes he was kicked off the team for shooting baskets during the playing of the national anthem earlier this month. Before Garden City's game on Nov. 1 Samir continued to shoot baskets during the playing of the national anthem and was confronted by a school booster, later identified as Jim Howard by the Garden City Telegram.

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The ACLU of Kansas proclaimed on its website that Samir was not making a statement by protesting the anthem. Instead, Samir, a Muslim, chose not to stand for religious reasons, a practice he had maintained in previous games without incident.

Garden City Community College athletic director John Green initially said that Samir chose to leave the team but later informed KWCH in Wichita that Samir was removed because of a violation of team rules not related to the national anthem, but for conduct following the event.

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the Muslim basketball player grabbed a ball, walked onto the court and began shooting baskets.

POSTED BY BOAZ

That can't be. There are zero Muslim professional athletes.

donnie dollhands said so, I'm pretty sure you agreed.

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#1 | Posted by MrSilenceDogood at 2017-11-18 07:25 PM | Reply

People are getting tired of this disrespect to the Anthem

Half the country feels differently.

Maybe your half should ask the obvious question ... "why are black athletes protesting during the Anthem?"

Try listening more -- not hard.

#2 | Posted by PinchALoaf at 2017-11-18 07:57 PM | Reply

Cry me a river Boaz.

#3 | Posted by LauraMohr at 2017-11-18 08:16 PM | Reply

And nonwhites are tired of being disrespected by the justice system.

Which should be priority #1? People under the symbol or the symbol itself?

#4 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2017-11-18 08:17 PM | Reply

So a few of you here think what this individual player did was respectful?

#5 | Posted by Crassus at 2017-11-18 08:37 PM | Reply

"he's wrong."

What's he wrong about?

#7 | Posted by snoofy at 2017-11-18 09:04 PM | Reply

Police aren't oppressing black people? How'd you arrive at that conclusion?

Are police oppressing anyone, is that a thing that even happens?

#9 | Posted by snoofy at 2017-11-18 09:15 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

He was skipping the anthem for religious reasons.

The people flipping out over this are the same ones who are always supporting people with religious objections to birth control, gay marriage licenses and wedding cakes. Even a government worker like Kim Davis doesn't have to do her job as long as Jesus said so.

But this student must stand for the anthem or be kicked off the team and maybe even the school. Patriotism is mandatory because freedom!

#10 | Posted by rcade at 2017-11-18 09:25 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

I can't believe how tolerant he is, of people like you.

#12 | Posted by snoofy at 2017-11-18 09:34 PM | Reply

But this student must stand for the anthem or be kicked off the team and maybe even the school. Patriotism is mandatory because freedom!

#10 | POSTED BY RCADE

Your headline change is inaccurate. He didnt get kicked off for skipping the national anthem. Then entire team (except for this young man) stayed in the locker room until the anthem was over, so they all skipped it as well. He came out and ahot baskets during the anthem. I understand he may have religious objections, that fine, but why come out at all, he could have done exactly as his team mates did.

#14 | Posted by TXLIBERTARIAN at 2017-11-18 09:40 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

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" I understand he may have religious objections, that fine, but why come out at all, he could have done exactly as his team mates did."

Or, he could have done different from his teammates.
Why would it matter?

#16 | Posted by snoofy at 2017-11-18 10:25 PM | Reply

It is plain and simple, he doesn't have to be disrespectful and it is shocking so many just can't manage to grasp this.

#17 | Posted by Crassus at 2017-11-18 10:41 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Sports is full of disrespect.
Trash talking is part of the game.
Nobody owes your flag or your song spit.

#18 | Posted by snoofy at 2017-11-18 10:48 PM | Reply

How is what he did more disrespectful than what his teammates did?

#19 | Posted by snoofy at 2017-11-18 10:53 PM | Reply

Have to agree with snoofy in #18, For me, their was no dignity in the army during the Cold War. It was an officers game.

#20 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2017-11-18 11:09 PM | Reply

Your headline change is inaccurate. He didnt get kicked off for skipping the national anthem.

The headline doesn't say he was kicked off FOR skipping the anthem. He did skip the anthem and he was kicked off, so it's accurate.

Technically, he was standing during the anthem. Unless he takes practice shots while kneeling.

#21 | Posted by rcade at 2017-11-19 09:14 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

The school booster who confronted the player was disrespecting the anthem too. You're supposed to stand with your hat off and hand over your heart. Running around putting a Muslim in his place is not part of the ceremony.

#22 | Posted by rcade at 2017-11-19 09:16 AM | Reply

It's Garden City Com College. They hired my useless math tutor for head football coach back years ago.

#23 | Posted by LauraMohr at 2017-11-19 09:51 AM | Reply

The school booster who confronted the player was disrespecting the anthem too. You're supposed to stand with your hat off and hand over your heart. Running around putting a Muslim in his place is not part of the ceremony.
#22 | POSTED BY RCADE

You know the original article says the booster
confronted him after the Anthem was played not during it. Your intellectual dishonesty not withstanding.

#24 | Posted by TXLIBERTARIAN at 2017-11-19 12:52 PM | Reply

Don't be a chump.

Accusing me of intellectual dishonesty assumes that I intentionally misrepresented a fact, instead of being unclear on a detail.

Maybe you should have figured out over eight years here that I never intentionally misrepresent facts.

There's nothing in the linked story that says when the booster confronted the player. The story linked in that story is unclear on when it happened. It states, "Rasool Samir, who was practicing shooting during the playing of the Star-Spangled Banner and was immediately confronted by a college booster ..." "Immediately" means during, not after.

Only a third story (which I hadn't read until now) is clear on when the booster (Howard) confronted the athlete:

"After the anthem ended, Howard came out of his seat on the second level of the north stands and confronted Samir."

www.gctelegram.com

But why was he seated? You're supposed to stand during the anthem! Is he some kind of anti-American commie?

This link also reports the booster was kicked off the school's athletic association board for assaulting the player.

#25 | Posted by rcade at 2017-11-19 02:13 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

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