Nigel Hayes continues protest behind teammates during national anthem
Wisconsin Badgers star Nigel Hayes and teammate Jordan Hill stood one step back from their teammates while the national anthem was played before Friday night's game against Central Arkansas.
— Jessi Schoville (@JKSchoville) November 12, 2016
Hayes stands in protest of a racial incident that took place during a football game at Camp Randall Stadium in which two Wisconsin fans wore Halloween costumes. They were dressed as President Barack Obama with a noose around his neck. The fan removed the noose and was not asked to leave the game. The unviersity later issued a statement saying that it respected “free speech.”
Hayes took to Twitter to post a response to the way the university handled the incident.
— Nigel Hayes (@NIGEL_HAYES) November 8, 2016
Hayes first protested in the Badgers' preseason.
Head coach Greg Gard has voiced his support for Hayes and Hill for speaking out on social issues.