According to The College Fix, Kylee McLaughlin, formerly the captain of the University of Oklahoma's (OU) volleyball team, was dismissed for tweeting that she disagreed with the prospect of the University of Texas dropping "The Eyes of Texas" as its school song. Her coaches and teammates accused her of being racist.
McLaughlin then sued her coaches and the OU Board of Regents, alleging "she had been excluded from the team … over her politically conservative views."
"What we're creating for them … is an oppressive, dystopian future for them, where a prison-like society will seem normal," responds John Whitehead, president of The Rutherford Institute.
Coaches Kyle and Lindsey Walton reportedly believe it is their duty to introduce politics into sports. But as Whitehead points out, players disagreeing with their politics will not be tolerated.
"They're just trying to create an oppressive environment where the players have to follow whatever they say to do," he continues. "And again, that is not what we're supposed to be doing in America."
The Waltons, however, contend that restricting McLaughlin's free speech in political discussions is akin to enforcing rules during an actual volleyball match.