MONROE, N.J. —
A referee dealing with criticism for refusing to officiate a highschool soccer recreation after gamers knelt in the course of the nationwide anthem is dealing with new warmth for racially insensitive Fb posts.
Referee Ernie Lunardelli says his Fb account was hacked, and he denies writing a number of posts saying Michelle and Barack Obama ought to go “again to the zoo.”
Lunardelli and his son, Anthony, left the sport Friday night time between Colts Neck and Monroe excessive faculties in New Jersey after a few of the Monroe gamers knelt.
The 2 beforehand stated that whereas they respect the gamers’ proper to protest, they felt such acts have been disrespectful.
The development of kneeling through the nationwide anthem began within the NFL, the place some gamers kneel to protest social injustices, notably towards African-People.
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