Youth football players kneel during National Anthem

(FOX NEWS) -- A youth football team in Illinois knelt for the National Anthem before one of their games over the weekend in a Colin Kaepernick-inspired protest.

Every player on the 8-and-under Cahokia Quarterback Club football team took part in the protest beforeSunday’s game in Belleville.

“One of the kids asked me if I saw [people] protesting and rioting in St. Louis," Coach Orlando Gooden told Fox 2. "I said yes. I said, ‘Do you know why they are doing it?'"

Coach Gooden said the player responded, "Because black people are getting killed and nobody's going to jail.”

“I felt like it was a good teaching moment for me to circle the team and have a meeting,” Gooden said.

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