At least half a dozen students with the University of Mississippi's basketball team kneeled on the court Saturday during a performance of the national anthem.

Video posted on social media showed several members of the Ole Miss team kneeling during "The Star-Spangled Banner" before their game against the University of Georgia.

The demonstration was a show of solidarity with counter protesters amid a rally elsewhere on campus in support of a monument to the Confederacy, according to local television station WLOX.

Dueling protests occurred on campus Friday and Saturday, according to media reports, while police reportedly advised all students and others to avoid campus if possible.


At least 100 people attended Friday's protest and counter-protest, according to the campus student newspaper The Daily Mississippian.

Video on Friday showed counter-protesters chanting slogans and demanding the monument's removal as rain poured around them.

Hundreds of people then gathered Saturday to demonstrate over the statue, according to WLOX.

The outlet reported that two pro-Confederate groups marched to the monument on campus and chanted for it to stay up.

The statue, erected in 1906 and dedicated in 1937, is a monument to unnamed Confederate soldiers that the university worked to add historical context to in 2016 following previous calls for its removal. 

Updated: 6:22 p.m.