FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KTHV) - Before the upcoming women's basketball season began, the Arkansas Razorbacks are already making headlines.

During the national anthem, a few of the Lady Razorbacks took a knee. They join a wave of athletes who have been using the kneel down as a protest over the racial inequality in America.

The six women who knelt down were Jordan Danberry, Tatiyna Smith, Kiara Williams, Jailyn Mason, Yasmeen Ratliff, and Briunna Freeman.

Jeff Long, University of Arkansas' Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics, released a statement on the incident:

In this country, we value everyone’s right to voice their opinions and views. University campuses are places of learning and thus places where differences of opinion and varying perspectives are recognized. We respect the rights of our student-athletes and all individuals to express themselves on important issues in our nation.

We will continue to encourage our student-athletes to engage in constructive conversations with their peers, coaches, support staff and administrators to raise awareness of varying backgrounds and life experiences and to develop understanding among conflicting points of view.

We will also continue to support our student-athletes in all areas of their education, community engagement, career and personal development.

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