MONROE, N.J.- A father and son who were to officiate a high school football game Friday night sauntered off the field after members of one team knelt during the national anthem.
Ernie and Anthony Lunardelli said they told the representatives from Colts Neck and Monroe senior high school before the game they would not work if any musicians complained. They were replaced by two officials in develop after four Monroe actors took a knee on their residence field.
The two officials told mycentraljersey.com they respect the players’ right to protest, but they believe such acts are disrespectful. The duet stood on the field with their hands on their natures while the chant was played, then left immediately.
“What they are doing with this kneeling and everything, they have the right do to that, but “the member states national” anthem has nothing to do with them kneeling, ” remarked Ernie Lunardelli, who is in his 18 th season of officiating scholastic football games. “The flag has got nothing to do with why they are demonstrating. If they want to protest, give them protest, but don’t disrespect our country, the flag and the Armed Forces.”
Ernie Lunardelli was scheduled to work video games as the front linesman, while his son was to be a line judge.
The newspaper reported that Monroe High School Athletic Director Greg Beyer diminished provide comments on the officials’ decision not to run video games. He said it is academy region program to countenance players to protest peacefully.
Officials who oversee the referees declined to theorize on what activity, if any, would be taken against the Lunardellis if either institution files a complaint over their refusal to work the game.