Cheerleader Settles Case for $145K Over Taking a Knee at Anthem

Rebekah Sager
December 05, 2019 - 2:39 pm
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A national anthem protest in Georgia has proven costly for taxpayers.

Kennesaw State University's decision to remove its cheerleaders from the field after they protested police brutality during the national anthem will cost GA taxpayers $145,000 in a legal settlement. It comes in a lawsuit filed by one of five cheerleaders who took a knee in protest before a football game in 2017.

Tommia Dean sued KSU’s then-President Sam Olens, alongside Scott Whitlock and Matt Griffin who worked for the KSU athletics department at the time. 

They were allowed back on the field after the University System of GA  determined the protests were protected by the US Constitution.

“A compromise has been reached,” the settlement’s agreement states. “The intent of this agreement is to buy peace of mind from future controversy and forestall further attorney’s fees, costs, or other expenses of litigation, and further that this agreement represents the compromise, economic resolution of disputed claims and, as such, shall not be deemed in any manner an admission, finding, conclusion, evidence or indication for any purposes whatsoever, that the KSU defendants acted contrary to the law or otherwise violated the rights of Dean.”