Governor Ricketts Reacts to Nebraska Fans Yelling at Kneeling Maryland Players

Nov. 15, 2021, 12:24 p.m. ·

Governor Pete Ricketts stands talks at a podium with a microphone with a television monitor off to the side and a desk and a chair behind him. There is part of a large American flag visible behind him.
Governor Pete Ricketts talks during a press conference Monday about Nebraska volleyball fans' yelling at some Maryland players who knelt during the national anthem last week. (Image from Facebook)

At a news conference Monday, Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts addressed behavior from Nebraska volleyball fans who yelled at Maryland players before a match over the weekend. Fans yelled ‘stand up’ to the Maryland players who were kneeling during the national anthem.

“We have people who died for this flag, and to kneel I think is very disrespectful,” Ricketts said. “Having said that, however, we’re also known as having the best fans in college sports, and so two wrongs don’t make a right here. Our fans should be respectful to the teams that come in from other places.”

Nebraska Head Volleyball Coach John Cook said, after the match, that he doesn’t think it’s the fans' place to say things during the match. Cook called Husker fans' reactions disappointing. Nebraska volleyball players apologized to Maryland’s athletes after the competition.