Some Georgia cheerleaders, who took a knee last year during the playing of the national anthem, did not make this year’s squad.
Four out of the five cheerleaders at Kennesaw State University, who knelt during “The Star-Spangled Banner” protested citing police brutality awareness. The list of cheerleaders who made the cut was announced on the team’s social media account, according to the school newspaper.
The university’s athletic department says 95 people tried out for one of the 52 spots on this year’s squad. That number increased from last year’s number of 61. Seven of last year’s cheerleaders did not make the cut this year.
Last year, KSU officials did not allow the cheerleaders to be on the field during the national anthem until after the protests. University System of Georgia officials released a statement that concluded the cheerleaders’ protest was protected by the U.S. Constitution under the First Amendment.
Then university president, Sam Olens, resigned after Atlanta news outlets obtained text messages from the Cobb County Sheriff and a local legislator pressuring Olens to keep the cheerleaders off the field during the anthem.
The first home football game for Kennesaw State is September 15.