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Ole Miss and Florida kneel ahead of opening kickoff in pregame demonstration

Prior to Ole Miss’ season opener against No. 5 Florida, both teams took part in a pregame demonstration against social injustice.

Ahead of the opening kickoff, both the Rebels and Gators kneeled with Florida taking a delay of game penalty. The pre-planned demonstration was mentioned by Rebel head coach Lane Kiffin on Monday.

“As members of the Ole Miss and Florida football teams, we recognize the impact of our personal platforms and are choosing to amplify the issues that directly impact us,” read a joint statement from both teams. “Together we have chosen to take the opening series of today’s competition to acknowledge the unrest in our country surrounding the treatment of African Americans.