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Women’s Razorback basketball team to no longer kneel during National Anthem

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FAYETTEVILLE, AR (KAIT) -

The University of Arkansas has announced a new community engagement program after a protest by several women’s basketball members caused concerns and criticism across the state.

Nearly a week ago, six members of the Arkansas Razorbacks women’s basketball team knelt during the National Anthem.

According to Talk Business and Politics, the members will no longer kneel during the National Anthem as part of “Project Unify,” a new community engagement program.

The players were protesting the police shootings of African-Americans and other minorities.

Officials from the University of Arkansas Athletics Department supported the players, but they faced a backlash from fans and state lawmakers, some of whom threatened to pull funding from the university even though the athletic department doesn't receive state funds.

While details of “Project Unify” have not been released, a statement from the UA Athletic Department said it “will engage members of the community and law enforcement, to strengthen mutual trust, respect, and understanding.”

In an interview with Talk Business and Politics, Athletic Director Jeff Long said the project will be a “campus-wide initiative.”

"I am pleased that our student-athletes will honor our country by standing during the national anthem and I offer my unwavering support for Project Unify and will work to assist them in this campus-wide initiative,” Long told Talk Business and Politics.

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