Wilson fine with Fant’s approach to protest

The pregame script that Indiana followed Saturday at Ohio State instructed the Hoosiers to leave their locker room five minutes prior to kickoff.

Kevin Wilson wasn’t sure if his team would hear the national anthem, or not.

Prior to home games, the Hoosiers do not. At Memorial Stadium, the anthem is played with 16 minutes on the pregame clock. At Ohio Stadium, the routine is different.

So it gave junior cornerback Rashard Fant a chance to raise his fist in solidarity with other protests against racial inequality that have been seen frequently prior to NFL games this season.

Wilson spoke to the team in the preseason about respecting the flag and the veterans who have served the United States. The Indiana coach praised Fant on Monday as one of the more mature, itellectual players in the locker room and said he did not have a problem with Fant’s approach on Saturday.

“No one tells you whether to salute or put your hand on your chest, sway or put your eyes down or whatever,” Wilson said. “So I appreciate the fact that our kids stood and what I really appreciate is he plays well enough.

“… Our school believes you’re a citizen first, but we want to represent our school the right way. I think the way he goes about it, and the way he did it, that’s his choice, and I respect he did it in a class way and came out and played a football game.”

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  1. Thanks, Coach Wilson, for supporting Fant in his protest against racial inequality in America and his call for more diversity in America in every sphere of life. Fant is a good role model for us. He is a person of high character, intelligence, values and principles. And he understands what it means to be a true patriot as an American citizen.

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