Brunswick High School football player takes a knee during National Anthem

BRUNSWICK - A Brunswick High School student recently joined professional athletes across the country in protesting the national anthem. 

"I didn’t show up to the game thinking that I would kneel for the national anthem,” Rodney Axson told the New York Daily News.  

According to the Daily News, the move was prompted after the 16-year-old said he heard two white teammates use a derogatory slur in the locker room about the squad's opponents before a game began. 

Axson, who is African American, said his teammates told him that the word "wasn't meant for you," the Daily News reported. 

The teenager has taken to his Twitter account to both share other messages of racism he's received, along with retweeting people across the country sharing their support. 

The Cleveland chapter of the NAACP and Axson's family will hold a press conference Monday afternoon.



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