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Catholic Diocese: Big Penalties for Players Who Don't Show 'Appropriate Respect' During National Anthem

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"We are not public institutions and free speech in all of its demonstrations, including protests, is not a guaranteed right."

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As the controversy over athletes standing or kneeling/sitting during the national anthem spreads, a New Jersey Catholic diocese is making no bones about what it expects from its high school sports teams.

The Diocese of Camden declared that any player or coach who doesn't "demonstrate appropriate respect" during the national anthem is subject to a two-game suspension -- and they're subject to dismissal from the team for "subsequent offenses," Philly.com reported.

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