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Kennesaw State University is facing a new lawsuit from a former cheerleader who said that she was punished for protesting the National Anthem amid the ongoing debate over NFL players kneeling on the field.

Tommia Dean, a sophomore, alleged that officials conspired to keep her and other cheerleaders off the field after they knelt during the anthem last September. She is now suing university and state officials with claims of civil rights violations, The Sentinel, Kennesaw State University’s newspaper, reported.

Officials named in the claim are Rep. Earl Ehrhart (R-Powder Springs,) Cobb County Sheriff Neil Warren, former KSU President Sam Olens and Senior Associate Athletic Directors Matt Griffin and Scott Whitlock.

Olens allegedly pressured other officials to keep the cheerleaders off the field before they were allowed to perform again, the lawsuit said.

The charges don’t stop there: Ehrhart and Warren “engaged in the conspiracy against Plaintiff [Dean] because of her race and because she was protesting police brutality against African-Americans,” the complaint also said.

The experience has been a painful one for Dean, according to the filing. The student has suffered from migraine headaches and emotional distress. She filed the complaint seeking monetary damages over “the violation of her constitutional rights.”

Dean’s lawsuit comes as talks between the NFL and the Players Union continue to resolve the league’s proposed anthem rule. The league is reportedly expected not to have an anthem rule in place this football season as players from the Miami Dolphins and other teams continue to protest during games.




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5 thoughts on “Ex-Cheerleader Sues Kennesaw State University Over Anthem Protest Backlash

  1. Kendall Meeks on said:

    Mac Daddy when you all a woman a Whore it’s something you probably know about, but because a female student who is black you called her a whore. What about the whores that live in your house like you’d wife and daughters. You see it takes a bitch ass like like you make such comments, but I bet you won’t make them in from of a black man. I’m a veteran of the military and I’ll Continued taking a knee during the anthem

    • Mac Daddy is not a Mac. But just a sad little man with no life. All he does is troll the website and make a comment all the time about blacks. If you don’t like black people stop getting on this website. Why does that young lady have to be a whore? What about silent protesting makes her a whore? Nothing. You’re just sad.

  2. tedgravely on said:

    The flag is just a flag. It isn’t sacred. Those who want to force her to stand when she is practicing her first amendment rights are dangerous. Instead of trying to force someone, lead by example. Talk to the students and ask them, “what can we do for you to stand?” How can we focus on a solution? Will you help me build a community of excellence with our law enforcement officers? Instead the impression these young people have – the white man is still trying to tell us what to do. Let’s see how this turns out. Earning the Hate instead of Earning the Respect. Adult v Kids. Who should be leading?

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