La. Gov. Floats Penalty for Players Who Skip National Anthem

Louisiana Gov. Jeff Landry weighed in on the LSU national anthem controversy, floating an idea that could impose a penalty on student athletes if a similar incident happens in the future.

Before LSU’s Elite Eight loss to Iowa in Albany, New York, on Monday night, coach Kim Mulkey’s team was conspicuously absent from the court during the national anthem. Iowa’s players were reportedly holding hands as “The Star-Spangled Banner” was performed, however.

“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 Mulkey,” Landry wrote in a post on X on Tuesday morning. “However, above respect for that game is a deeper respect for those that serve to protect us and unite us under one flag!”

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