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Governor Bryant: No position on Ole Miss anthem kneeling

APTOPIX Georgia Mississippi Basketball

Six Mississippi basketball players take a knee during the national anthem before an NCAA college basketball game against Georgia in Oxford, Miss., Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. (Nathanael Gabler/The Oxford Eagle via AP)


JACKSON, Miss. -- Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant says he hasn’t given much thought to the University of Mississippi basketball players who knelt during the national anthem to protest a pro-Confederate gathering on campus.

Bryant told The Associated Press on Tuesday that he has 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.