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Louisiana Governor Urges Policy Change for Missing National Anthem

Aside from the devastating loss the LSU Lady Tigers took from the Iowa Hawkeyes, they were also in the limelight for another reason.

During the pregame of the Elite 8 matchup between LSU and Iowa, the Lady Tigers were nowhere to be found during the National Anthem.

This matchup was highly anticipated as it was a rematch from the 2023 National Championships, and millions of Americans tuned in to watch the rematch.

Many people have voiced their frustrations on X, leading to Louisiana Governor Jeff Landry to urge for a policy change.

Landry urges state officials to create a policy requiring student-athletes to be present for the national anthem.

Fox News provides more on Landry’s comments:

“My mother coached women’s high school basketball during the height of desegregation, no one has a greater respect for the sport and for Coach [Kim] Mulkey,” Landry wrote in a post on X.

“However, above respect for that game is a deeper respect for those that serve to protect us and unite us under one flag!

“It is time that all college boards, including Regent, put a policy in place that student athletes be present for the national anthem or risk their athletic scholarship! This is a matter of respect that all collegiate coaches should instill.”

Kim Mulkey, the iconic coach for the LSU Lady Tigers, tried to defend the team’s absence from the National Anthem.

Watch Mulkey’s defense of her team missing the national anthem here:

Many people have taken to X to support Governor Landry’s idea for policy change:

Unfortunately, this is a normal occurrence for many sports teams, with USC and UConn also missing the National Anthem.

It is time the athletes place more of an emphasis on respecting the nation they are competing in!



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