Looks like kneeling for the National Anthem does come with consequences. Five cheerleaders stirred controversy last year when they knelt before the start of one of Kennesaw State University home football games on Sept. 30th.

Their actions drew both praise and criticism. Days after the back-and-forth, Georgia’s attorney general weighed in, saying students at public university could kneel, as long as it was not disruptive. But KSU took a different approach, banning cheerleaders from the pregame routine.

 WXIA has learned, four of those girls didn’t even make the squad this year. Some are calling BS on them being cut. 

“I think it played a role because I know my skills, and I had the skills two years prior to that, so I know what I can do,” she said. “I know the people who made it. I know their skills and I know my skills. But I don’t think it was a skills-based thing. Not to say I’m amazing or anything, but I know my skills and what I had.”

I would say their protest definitely had something to do with them being cut.