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Governor: No position on Ole Miss players’ anthem kneeling

Gov. Phil Bryant will deliver his 2019 State of the State Address before a joint session of the...
Gov. Phil Bryant will deliver his 2019 State of the State Address before a joint session of the Mississippi Legislature Tuesday, January 15th beginning around 5pm.
Published: Feb. 26, 2019 at 3:28 PM CST
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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - By EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant says he hasn’t given much thought about the University of Mississippi basketball players who kneeled during the National Anthem to protest a pro-Confederate gathering on campus.

Bryant tells The Associated Press on Tuesday that he's been away in Washington and dealing with the aftermath Mississippi storms. He says he hasn't had "much of a chance to look at" video of the players kneeling.

Republican Bryant was at a national governors' meeting during the weekend. He issued an emergency declaration Monday after tornadoes and flooding.

Eight Ole Miss players knelt Saturday before a home game in Oxford. The team's scoring leader, Breein Tyree, later said players were tired of "hate groups coming to our school."

Bryant in the past has declared April as Confederate Heritage Month.

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