Badgers women's basketball player's protest draws criticism from - WKOW 27: Madison, WI Breaking News, Weather and Sports

Badgers women's basketball player's protest draws criticism from senator

Posted: Updated:
MADISON (WKOW) -

MADISON (WKOW) -- Badgers women's basketball player Marsha Howard has been quietly protesting prior to games this season by standing in the tunnel during the National Anthem. That quiet protest drew loud criticism from Sen. Chuck Grassley after he was informed Howard didn't stand for the anthem at Sunday's game at Iowa.

Badgers head coach Jonathan Tsipis explained Howard and some of his other players approached him before the season with their desire to draw attention to the gun violence issues in the country. He says they've been standing in the tunnel at most games during the anthem. However, no tunnel was near Wisconsin's bench at Iowa. So, the protest became more visible.

"Our young women are not protesting the national anthem. Our young women are trying to make a statement for the gun violence that's happening in our country. I'm proud of them to be able to do that knowing that not everybody is going to feel that their decision is the same opinion as people across this country have."

Tsipis made it clear he will continue to support his players' right to voice their opinion in the future.

"I'm proud of Marsha to be able to express her opinion and will continue to support our players when they come to us and we have active dialogue to express today's social issues."

  • SPORTSSPORTSMore>>

  • Chacin helps Brewers top Royals 6-2 for eighth straight win

    Chacin helps Brewers top Royals 6-2 for eighth straight win

    Jhoulys Chacin efficiently mowed through the Kansas City lineup, Milwaukee manufactured four runs in the fourth inning and the Brewers went on to beat the Royals 6-2 on Wednesday night for their eighth consecutive victory.   

    More >>

    Jhoulys Chacin efficiently mowed through the Kansas City lineup, Milwaukee manufactured four runs in the fourth inning and the Brewers went on to beat the Royals 6-2 on Wednesday night for their eighth consecutive victory.   

    More >>
  • Checking in with Badgers' Greg Gard

    Checking in with Badgers' Greg Gard

    WKOW Sports Director Lance Veeser caught up with Badgers men's basketball coach Greg Gard prior to the team's annual postseason banquet. Gard discussed this past season, his upcoming freshman class, Ethan Happ's NBA Draft process, the potential changes coming to the NCAA and his Garding Against Cancer Signature Event, which will be May 5 at the Kohl Center. More >>
    WKOW Sports Director Lance Veeser caught up with Badgers men's basketball coach Greg Gard prior to the team's annual postseason banquet. Gard discussed this past season, his upcoming freshman class, Ethan Happ's NBA Draft process, the potential changes coming to the NCAA and his Garding Against Cancer Signature Event, which will be May 5 at the Kohl Center. More >>
  • Matt Kenseth to return to NASCAR with Roush Fenway Racing

    Matt Kenseth to return to NASCAR with Roush Fenway Racing

    Cambridge, WI native Matt Kenseth will return to NASCAR this season in a reunion with Roush Fenway Racing, the team that gave him his Cup start in 1998.

    More >>

    Cambridge, WI native Matt Kenseth will return to NASCAR this season in a reunion with Roush Fenway Racing, the team that gave him his Cup start in 1998.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly