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FSU Volleyball player takes a knee during National Anthem

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Published: Sep. 14, 2016 at 11:16 PM EDT
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By: Erin Lisch

September 14, 2016

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- Silent protests took place at NFL games this past weekend, as some athletes are following the lead of 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick by choosing to sit or kneel during the playing of the National Anthem.

Those protests have now reached our area. Florida State volleyball player Mara Green took a knee during the National Anthem at Wednesday night's home match against Florida.

After the match, Green read us a written statement about what the act means to her.

"I have had several family members that have served in the military and I have the highest respect of those who serve our country, I am unhappy with the racial tension, racial injustice and police brutality in our country. This is my way of silently and peacefully protesting my beliefs," Green said.

Her coach, Chris Poole, released a statement about Mara's protest. It reads, "Mara (Green) made me aware of her intention to kneel for the national anthem. Florida State University is an institution of higher learning that recognizes a student’s right to freedom of expression. Similarly, I respect Mara’s right to freely express herself. "

While some veterans oppose the protest, others say they feel differently.

Vietnam Veteran David Dubois said, "I think that this is America, we should have room to be able to express our opinions. I admire what she's doing."

Florida State students also weighed in on Mara's decision to kneel.

FSU student Josh Eloi said, "It's just a way to make a statement you've seen all the NFL players do it in the past couple of weeks just to let people know that this is a real problem."

FSU student Chris Starr said, "I just think it's a distraction from the rest of the team, and I think that there are better ways to get your voices heard than to take a knee during the national anthem. It goes against what the national anthem is for."

As the Star Spangled Banner plays, Green will continue to take a knee, joining other athletes in what's becoming the most controversial call at recent sporting events.