National Anthem uproar met with peaceful night

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Friday night football started as it usually does in Jasper, Tenn., with a drum line, cheesy nachos and stands full of fans screaming themselves hoarse.

The Brainerd Panthers had come to play the Marion County Warriors and both sides expected a good game but some spectators were wary of a national controversy that seemed to have invaded their own small communities over the last two days.

Following the decision by NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick to protest social injustice by taking a knee during the national anthem several weeks ago, Brainerd football coach Brian Gwyn discussed the issue.