EJ Smith, Son of Emmitt Smith, Takes a Knee to Protest Injustice at HS Graduation

Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas graduate Emmitt 'EJ' Smith IV takes a knee during the national anthem at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, Friday, June 5, 2020. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Dallas Cowboys hosted commencement ceremonies for local schools, including the Arlington ISD high schools. Over 1,100 people were in attendance, to see the 255 graduates get their diplomas.
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Jesuit running back EJ Smith wanted to send an important message on his graduation day.

As the national anthem played during the high school’s graduation at AT&T Stadium, Smith opted to take a stand by taking a knee.

“I chose to kneel in recognition of the injustice that so many have suffered both past and present,” Smith said in a statement via spokesman.

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