On behalf of the Bay Area Football League (BAFL), we would like to take a moment to clarify BAFL’s position in regards to the Beaumont Bulls’ decision to kneel during the National Anthem prior the Senior Division game on 09/10/16. BAFL Officials were notified by the Bulls organization prior to the protest, and we fully supported the player‘s request to express themselves in the manner they felt justified. Their actions are clearly not in violation of any regulation, rules or policies within the Bay Area Football League. There has been no need for BAFL officials to intervene in the Beaumont Bulls’ decision, and as such, BAFL has not had the need to meet with parents, players or the Beaumont Bulls Organization Board at any time. There are scenarios occurring in society that until this point in time, we have not had to address.
The Bay Area Football League has an excellent 40 year history of serving the youth of the greater Houston area as one of the foremost competitive leagues. It is with that in mind that we set our foundation on and what has established guiding principles of BAFL. As a League, we support the Beaumont Bulls, as well as the other 17 teams that make up the Bay Area Football League. We will continue to have an open dialogue within our League and plan to move forward by taking this opportunity to grow as an organization and always keeping our children first. As adults, our focus will continue to be on improving the communities in which our children live and play in.