O'Rourke debate guests are black men who kneeled for anthem

1 year 3 months 1 day ago Tuesday, July 30 2019 Jul 30, 2019 July 30, 2019 4:01 AM July 30, 2019 in News - AP Texas Headlines

AP National Writer

Three young black men inspired by ex-NFL player Colin Kaepernick (KAP'-ur-nihk) to kneel during the national anthem before their high school football games will be the guests of Democrat Beto (BET'-oh) O'Rourke for the second round of presidential primary debates.

O'Rourke reached out to ex-Lansing Catholic High School football players Michael Lynn III, Matthew Abdullah and RoJe Williams and spoke with them by phone last week. They will attend Tuesday's debate in Detroit.

The former Texas congressman learned of the men's story when one of their families donated to his Senate campaign after seeing his viral defense of NFL players who chose to take a knee to protest police brutality and racism.

O'Rourke tells The Associated Press the four "have served their community in one of the most American ways possible."

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