LINCOLN, Neb. (KMTV) - Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts has called a protest by three Husker football players, "disgraceful" and "disrespectful." Tonight the Governor has accepted an invitation to meet with one player to further discuss the issue.
.@Rose_IveyNB15 Thanks for reaching out. Direct message me your information, and we will get something set up right away!— Gov. Pete Ricketts (@GovRicketts) September 28, 2016
Michael Rose-Ivey, DaiShon Neal and Mohamed Barry kneeled as the national anthem played before Saturday's game at Northwestern.
Rose-Ivey said they were joining San Francisco 49ers backup quarterback Colin Kaepernick and other athletes to protest racial injustice and police brutality.
When Governor Ricketts spoke against the form of protest, Rose-Ivey tweeted an invitation to Governor Ricketts which led to the Governor's response.
UNL Regent Hal Daub of Omaha also expressed his disapproval of the protest. He told KMTV, "social and political commentary and points of view have no place on a football team and in a football stadium in my opinion." He also said, "they're fully entitled to their opinion, it can be expressed on somebody else's nickel or on their nickel at some other venue and out of their football uniform."
Daub denied ever saying he thought the players should be removed from the team. A published report indicating that comment has led to strong online reaction.