Durante’s steadfastness in both taking the knee despite knowing the likely outcome and then defending that decision on his terms serves as a stark contrast to the dry statements that have been issued by the school’s leadership. Just as a reminder, this, per the Eagle, was the response from the administration and head football coach when they were first asked why Durante and his two former teammates were booted from the team.

“This action, which was supported by the coaching staff, was created as an expression of team unity and out of the mutual respect team members have for one another and the value they place on their differences,” she wrote. “It was established as a way to find common ground in a world with many differing views.”


“One football player, who unbeknownst to the coach and the team, chose not to support team unity and has been dismissed from the team,” she wrote. “He remains a valued member of the Albright College student body.”

“We trusted him throughout the week, after time and time again he told us he would stand,” Powell said. “When you can’t have a player on a team that you can trust, he’s got to go.”


Doing the right thing after you’ve been shouted at to do the right thing isn’t noble; standing up for what you believe in, even when you know your employer will fire you for it, is.