CHANDLER (3TV/CBS 5) - Come 6A playoff time, which is right around the corner, the Chandler Wolves will have as good of a shot as any.

On a memorable senior night, the Wolves sent a powerful message, running past Brophy 66-58 to capture the league title.

"We owed them big time, and we wanted to go out in the last regular season home game, for the seniors and just take it to them, and that's what we did," said senior guard Adrian Chandler.

Adrian Chandler kneel national anthem

A more powerful message was sent before that game, when Chandler, Isiah Somers and Jonathon Williams kneeled during the national anthem.

"The word protest makes it seem like I'm against something. And the way I want to go about this is a movement," Chandler explained. "And I'm towards, I'm for equity and inclusion and standing up for your rights. And I think at the local level it gets lost."

Chandler began kneeling during the anthem over a year ago.

"I'm not protesting the military. I'm not protesting the flag. I'm in the complete opposite. I support my country and I love living here," he said. "The injustice that has been happening in this country is important to address it and the equity that can come out of this. And I just want to make sure, that people know that's what I'm standing for."

"It was really a non-issue; we didn't discuss it all last year," Chandler basketball coach Jonathan Rother said. "You know, it's his right to do that."

It's a polarizing issue and Chandler has received questions from classmates.

"I've gotten, 'Why are you kneeling? 'I don't understand it.' 'I don't understand it,'" said Chandler.

Not talking about the issue, Somers and Williams started keeling in support of Chandler. In some cases a controversial stand could cause friction, but not with this legitimate state title contender.

"My guys are dedicated to their team," Rother said. "And we have great chemistry. You know, it hasn't been a distraction at all."

Level-headed and well-spoken, Chandler is spreading his message at on-and off-campus groups supporting racial equity.

Adrian Chandler kneel national anthem

"The fact that it's getting addressed by the conversation -- even in this conversation -- is the whole point [of kneeling]," Chandler said.

"Which is exactly what I wanted to bring from the kneeling, was working our community ... so it can spread across America. And that's the point," said Chandler.

In search of a positive outcome, Chandler will continue his stance with the support of teammates, hoping it leads to a better United States of America.

"The fact that it's getting addressed by the conversation -- even in this conversation -- is the whole point," Chandler said.

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(20) comments

AzFamily101

This PUNK KID and the school he goes to has no and shows ZERO class!!!!!! This should not be allowed any where. No respect what so ever for this country and for all of the men and women who served in the Military!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

azjeff

I hope they lose.

Padre

Disrespecting the Flag or The National Anthem is not ok, I don't care what your cause is. People survived torture and gave their lives for our national symbols. Go out and march or some other kind of protest. I stopped watching the NFL for their disrespect. Until you show respect for people that have served and died I'm not interested in listening.

JustinP

"I'm not protesting the military. I'm not protesting the flag. I'm in the complete opposite. I support my country and I love living here," he said. "The injustice that has been happening in this country is important to address it and the equity that can come out of this. And I just want to make sure, that people know that's what I'm standing for."
You are NOT standing. You are kneeling. Show your protest another way, don't treat the flag this way. It speaks poorly of you.

Wazoolie

Way to protest......on your knees.

Shredder

This kid doesn't know what injustice is. I guarantee you he has never been a "victim" and is just jumping on the bandwagon to get himself attention and press as he obviously has done. If he wants to help the oppressed, let him get his butt out volunteering for those that are less fortunate than he is. Ridiculous.

dancinghusker

If they feel there is injustice, go out and do something in the community. Quit looking for the cameras and the press. It also might help to grow up and not just be a Kaerpernick copier!

trsalemme

yup

Dusty Rose

Good for you, Adrian! Thank you for not hiding your head in the sand! Thank you for believing that cops gunning down children is wrong. Don't let comments made by tRump supporters get you down. Never let those who's hearts are filled with hate and bigotry affect your beliefs or take away your Constitutional rights.

trsalemme

Still crying over the election huh? Just think..you are gonna get 4 more years of TRUMP. You have nutjobs like Pelosi, cortez, sanders, and Warren on your side.....LOL Good Luck!!!

JustinP

I hate people being gunned down illegally also. I do know there are ways to deal with it besides spitting on the flag and the country for which it stands.

Dean

and rosie just what have you done for your country? How many of your draft dodging family has ever served a minute or ever been in any real danger? NONE of course.

trsalemme

So the injustice he was kneeling for was the rampant, useless, blatant murder of young black men by other young black men...right? There is not more black men killed by white police; than white men killed by white police..Its about what types of killings are reported in the media. If you want to be informed, take a look at what percentage of certain types of crimes, are being committed by either black or white suspects....

Dean

Oh - my son is still serving after 20 years.

Dean

I do not care what this little snot says, my family and friends have served in wars - many losing their lives - for over 100 years to protect the flag and anthem, and he is offending me as well as all of my family and friends who gave so much so he is not living under the swastika or rising sun or the union jack, or even the mexican flag. I have friends who are sill laying in the swamps of Asia to protect his little arse.

dancinghusker

Well said!

TCAZ

It's great for news coverage ... I guess you just call AZFamily and tell them when they should be there for "the story" and the photo op.

Beelzebub

AZfamily never misses an opportunity to cover a "protest", any type at any time, no matter how misguided it may be. I check in for the weather in the mornings anymore and then change the channel.

Big Rich

"The injustice that has been happening in this country is important to address it and the equity that can come out of this. And I just want to make sure, that people know that's what I'm standing for."........What you are standing for? You are standing for NOTHING. You are kneeling....what a tool.

Tuishimi

That's it. They've convinced me! Wait, what is it they are kneeling for, again?

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