Refs Walk Away from NJ High School Game over Anthem Protest

(Breitbart) A father and son who were set to officiate during a high school football game in New Jersey, walked off the field when the students took a knee during the playing of the national anthem.

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Referees Ernie Lunardelli and his son, Anthony, stood on the field with their hands over their hearts as the anthem played, but left as soon as the song ended because they witnessed members of the Monroe Township High School team taking a knee instead of standing, My Central Jersey reported.

Both Lunardellis said they felt that the act of kneeling during the anthem was a sign of disrespect for the country, the flag, and our soldiers.

“Anybody that disrespects the flag, in my eyes, it’s not right,” the elder Lunardelli, said. “What they are doing with this kneeling and everything, they have the right do to that, but the national anthem has nothing to do with them kneeling. The flag has got nothing to do with why they are protesting. If they want to protest, let them protest, but don’t disrespect our country, the flag, and the armed forces.

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“They’ve got a right to protest and so do we,” the younger Lunardelli, a graduate of Monroe High School, said. “That (taking a knee during the anthem) is not how I was brought up, and that’s not how I was raised. I’m not criticizing their right. That’s just my viewpoint.”

The Lunardellis also warned the schools ahead of time that they would not officiate if any players took a knee during the anthem….

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