Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio addressed question about some of his players holding their fists up during national anthem.

During the playing of national anthem prior to Michigan State's game against Wisconsin. A few Spartan players raised their fist. Spartans head coach Mark Dantonio was asked about the sign of protest and gave the following response.

Prior to the Michigan State Spartans taking on Wisconsin, three Spartan players, Delton Williams, Kenney Lyke and Gabe Sherrod each held their right fists in the air while standing for the national anthem.

When head coach Mark Dantonio was asked about the three, he responded with the following.

You can watch his entire comments in the video above.

On players holding fists up during national anthem...

I've said all along and talked to our players, that to me, we talked about this three or four weeks ago, your patriotism and faith are sort of the same thing. That's your choice, and it's influenced by what you have experienced in this world. So whether someone salutes, puts their hand over their heart or does something else, everyone has a choice to make. We're in college, our young people are in college and I promise you one thing - that when the flag is presented in some respect, I guess it becomes much more important now. It's not just, "oh by the way here is the Star Spangled Banner." There are decisions that people have to make and as long as it's done in a peaceful way, this is America. That's what the flag stands for. You get to do what you need to do and that's the beautiful thing about this country. At this point in time when the true enemy comes I guess we will all stand together, but I can't make assumptions for our players on what they've gone through in their lives. All I can do is try to lead the best way I can and be positive and accepting to our football team and our players. And when we come together after the national anthem, we come together in solidarity.

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