LSU Anthem Controversy: Calls for Protocol Amidst National Debate

The LSU women’s basketball team’s absence during the national anthem before their NCAA Tournament game against Iowa sparked controversy, leading to intense scrutiny of the university’s stance on anthem protocol.

Louisiana Governor Jeff Landry proposed legal mandates for student-athletes to be present during the anthem. LSU football coach Brian Kelly expressed willingness to comply, asserting they would “proudly stand” if required.

Kelly emphasized their respect for protocol but also highlighted the proud display of patriotism during other events.

Despite LSU women’s basketball coach Kim Mulkey claiming it was unintentional, Landry stressed the need for collegiate sports to prioritize anthem respect, calling for policy implementation across college boards. Landry emphasized the anthem’s significance and players’ obligation to honor it.

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