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After Senator condemns Winconsin’s Howard, head coach offers support for player

A U.S Senator questioned via twitter why a Wisconsin basketball player didn’t stand during the national anthem recently during a game against Iowa. The Badgers’ head coach is supporting his player’s choice.

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Gun violence has become a strong topic of discussion, especially in recent days with the recent tragedy that took place in Florida at Parkland High School.

One player at Wisconsin, Marsha Howard, decided earlier this year she would be protesting gun violence and would be doing so by not be present on the court during the playing of the national anthem. However, recently, she was not able to leave the court for the anthem and instead elected to sit on the bench.

Her action was questioned by U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley via Twitter:

The Badgers head coach did indeed respond and has support for Howard’s decision.

”I’m proud of Marsha to be able to express her opinion, and we’ll continue to support our players,” Jonathan Tsipis said in a release from KVAL.

In the same report, it is stated typically Howard would exit the court, yet recently at Iowa, there was no hallway or exit near their bench, therefore she chose to sit this time.