Band members who held American flag during protest speak out

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Before the start of Saturday’s ECU football game some members of the Marching Pirates knelt during the national anthem, while some chose to hold an American flag.

9 On Your Side spoke with Dylan Allen and Hunter Marketto who held the flag.

They were aware members of their band were planning to kneel in support of the Black Lives Matter Movement.

Allen and Marketto said they don’t support kneeling during the anthem, but do believe in that American right.

That’s why they held the American flag during the performance, to show support of our freedom, while also supporting their brothers and sisters.

“It doesn’t matter what you consider or what you deem American, un-American, patriotic, [and] unpatriotic. For their cause and what they were kneeling for they were patriotic,” said Marketto.

Allen added, “Patriotism isn’t so misconstrued and isolated as to belong to one party or one person, everybody can be a patriot in some way whether you are kneeling of standing for the flag.”

Allen and Marketto said after the game the band had to be escorted out by police because of violent threats by fans.

WNCT-TV 9 On Your Side provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s