University Pays Cheerleader $145K Over Anthem Protest | Athletic Business

University Pays Cheerleader $145K Over Anthem Protest

Kennesaw (Ga.) State University is being forced to settle a lawsuit over its decision to prevent five cheerleaders from protesting during the national anthem.

The case stems from a 2017 incident where five Kennesaw State cheerleaders took a knee before a football game during the national anthem to protest treatment of African Americans.

The cheerleaders were subsequently prevented from being on the sidelines before games, and the fallout led to Kennesaw's president resigning.

Georgia taxpayers now will have to foot the bill for the $145,000 settlement that school agreed to with the cheerleaders.

According to,  former cheerleader Tommia Dean will be taking home $93,000 — and her attorneys $52,000 — from a settlement that the Georgia Department of Administrative Services will be paying.

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