At the NCAA tournament on Saturday, coach Patrick Ewing and the entire Georgetown Hoyas basketball team took a knee for the national anthem and then proceeded to get stomped on by the Colorado Buffaloes by 23 points.
As the national anthem played, every single member and the coach for the Hoyas took a knee while the Colorado team proudly stood. Then a blowout commenced as Colorado trounced Georgetown 96-73 in a devastating defeat for the Hoyas. The entire game was embarrassing for Georgetown. The team never recovered after their opening political statement.
This is the first time since 2016 that the Buffaloes have played in the NCAA tournament and this is their first tournament win since 2012. The Buffaloes will now advance to the second round of the tournament to face off against Florida State University and the Hoyas will head back home, according to the Associated Press.
As the No. 8 seed, the Georgetown Hoyas won four straight games that included winning against Marquette, Villanova, Seton Hall, and Creighton. They won the Big East tournament after being voted to come in last in the conference in the preseason.
Georgetown was the No. 12 seed in the NCAA tournament for the East region.
(Video Credit: March Madness)
Sports Illustrated reporter Pat Forde posted a picture to Twitter of the Hoyas and coach Patrick Ewing locking arms and kneeling before they took the court for the second day of March Madness.
Georgetown team taking a knee in unison for anthem: pic.twitter.com/Jf5k96nrG5
— Pat Forde (@ByPatForde) March 20, 2021
This is not the first time that Georgetown has taken a knee together as a team during the national anthem. They also did it when facing off against Butler in Indianapolis during their regular season. The unified gesture was in response to the Jan. 6 Capitol riot. The team did not give a reason for their kneeling during the Colorado game. Some contend it could be related to the recent shooting tragedy in Atlanta, Georgia.
Georgetown was not the only team that had players who took a knee ahead of their first-round games. Other teams included Florida, Drexel, Virginia Tech, and Colgate, according to AP. Team members from Colgate took a knee prior to their game against Arkansas. Players from Ohio State also made the gesture before their game with Oral Roberts.
Georgetown takes a knee during the national anthem here at Hinkle. pic.twitter.com/yahgC3xCVt
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanHoops) March 20, 2021
Professional and college athletes alike are increasingly taking a knee during the playing of “The Star-Spangled Banner” in a form of political activism that is trending in American culture. The movement was kicked off by former NFL star Colin Kaepernick who started taking a knee in 2016 to protest against police and racism.
Progressive politics has notably spread into this year’s NCAA college basketball tournament in more ways than just taking a knee. A number of high-profile players have embraced activism on and off the court. Some took to social media using the hashtag #NotNCAAProperty to protest league rules that forbid athletes from making money from the use of their names, likenesses, and images.
Others decided to speak out against photos and videos that showcase the major differences between men’s and women’s workout facilities. The NCAA predictably groveled over the issue and issued an apology stating that organizers “fell short this year in what we’ve been doing to prepare.”
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