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Mississippi State’s star running back says “change the flag” or he’s out



(Photo: Matt Bush-USA TODAY Sports)

Kylin Hill is an All-SEC running back for Mississippi State with just shy of 3,000 yards out of the backfield in his three seasons in Starkville. Hill rushed for 1,350 yards last year as a junior and Kentucky fans saw 120 of them in the Bulldogs’ win over the Cats. He is already among the top ten rushers in school history, and stands to climb toward the all-time record this upcoming season.

But not if the state of Mississippi’s current flag still flies.

Hill joined the movement to change his state’s flag, which includes the Confederate emblem, by threatening to step away from the Mississippi State football program. A native of Columbus, Mississippi, Hill tweeted, “Either change the flag or I won’t be representing this State anymore.”

Hill’s warning came in response to Mississippi governor Tate Reeves’ statement on proposed legislation to create a “separate but equal” flag. It also follows the Southeastern Conference pulling its championships out of Mississippi until a change is made, which was then followed by Conference USA doing the same earlier today.

Article written by Drew Franklin

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42 Comments for Mississippi State’s star running back says “change the flag” or he’s out

  1. calcat
    3:04 pm June 22, 2020 Permalink

    Is this the same flag that has beeen flying the three years he’s already played here

  2. MississippiBlue
    3:10 pm June 22, 2020 Permalink

    No, it’s not. Both Ole Miss and Mississippi State removed the state flag from their campuses by August 2016.

  3. PensacolaCat
    3:14 pm June 22, 2020 Permalink

    I’d kick him to the curb. Good riddance.

  4. Lsdown4ever
    3:23 pm June 22, 2020 Permalink

    Honestly whether there is a confederate emblem on the state flag or not, he would still kneel to the flag! I swear you cannot win with some of these people! Their like an endless hole that cannot be filled no matter how much you put in it!

    • Han
      3:41 pm June 22, 2020 Permalink

      As is his constitutional right. Got a problem with that? How dare “these people.”

    • 4everUKBlue
      3:56 pm June 22, 2020 Permalink

      Funny you didn’t speak up when all your other constitutional rights were violated Han, I guess it didn’t fit your argument.

    • 4everUKBlue
      3:57 pm June 22, 2020 Permalink

      And neither did he it seems or if he did it was not deemed newsworthy.

  5. Skywalker
    3:32 pm June 22, 2020 Permalink

    Yes they should kick him to the curb, the nerve of a black man no longer wanting to play under a flag that promotes a racist tone, as far as he has played under that flag for three years, alot of people have overlooked and just accepted things they way they were for years, but just like all movements there is a time for change. To me that comment sounds like blacks have been slaves forever, why change now. Time changes and so should alot if things with it, if he leaves I would be greatful to see that guy in the blue and white, I’m guessing calcat is a miss fan since he used played here, and judging by your comment your probably part of the problem.

    • PensacolaCat
      5:01 pm June 22, 2020 Permalink

      He has the right to do whatever he wants but just because one group of people make a stink, it doesn’t mean that everybody has to cave to their demands. Instead of being grateful for a free education and giving his opinion on the flag in a constructive intelligent way, he has to go making demands like his opinion is the only one that counts. He’s a punk that takes his ball home if he doesn’t get his way. Disgusting.

    • MississippiBlue
      6:35 pm June 22, 2020 Permalink

      Just a reminder, but he wasn’t given a free education. He’s earned an athletic scholarship due to his natural ability and hard work and determination. Also, the fact that he’s willing to bypass that scholarship over this flag should say something. What that something is appears to be dependent on everyone’s upbringing.

    • terwilliger
      8:15 pm June 22, 2020 Permalink

      He isn’t bypassing anything. There are a million schools out there that will give him a scholarship, and he knows it. I tend to agree with Pensacola. There’s a better way of going about things than making demands. And as others have pointed out, where was the outrage for the first three years of his college career when he was apparently happy and proud to represent this school/state? It’s manufactured, flavor-of-the-moment, faux outrage. It’s mob mentality.

  6. lex cath
    3:32 pm June 22, 2020 Permalink

    Maybe Kash Daniels will send him some chicken sandwich’s

  7. lexattorney
    3:50 pm June 22, 2020 Permalink

    That’s his right, just as it is the right of the state and school to use their flag. Buh-bye!

    • The Big Lebowski
      7:06 am June 24, 2020 Permalink

      Does the State have Rights?

      Does the University that is a State School have Rights?

      Isn’t the purpose of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights to limit the power of the State?

  8. Jambluehue99
    3:53 pm June 22, 2020 Permalink

    I’m sure he has been oppressed with all the access to state of the art technology, medical care, academics, and the like. Sounds like he has been living in privilege to me. He would do well to be thankful for a country that provided him with the ability to capitalize on his talent instead of trying to tear it down for no reason other than political correctness. It’s a real shame that society has fallen so far and that there are so many who willingly accept at face value what they are told. So superficial. So dangerous. This isn’t a black and white issue. This is the survival of our country. We are being divided day in and day out over stuff that should not matter at this point in history. But here we are fighting the same battle over and over when no one in the mainstream of society comes within a thousand miles of advocating, supporting, or condoning racism. And if they do they are marginalized. It makes no sense other than it is being used as a wedge issue to rile people up and create chaos. Sad part is it is working.

  9. UKFanSC
    5:02 pm June 22, 2020 Permalink

    If he is that passionate, and is willing to sit out and take the CK route, God bless him. Like so many high-profile black athletes he has a large platform on which to demonstrate. Have at it.
    He’ll be made a hero in some circles….. of course his home state will disown him and after a couple of months when BLM is right back where it was in Feb….he’ll be working the second shift at Arby’s…..watching his replacement on TV.

    Could work out I guess……

    • TPACAT
      7:51 pm June 22, 2020 Permalink

      I could be wrong, UKFanSC, but if I remember correctly, ol’ Kap just didn’t like the money he was offered and held out for more until he ended-up unsigned and out of the league. I think he wasn’t initially playing because of greed (ironic since he’s an f’ing commie)…

  10. whack0001
    5:10 pm June 22, 2020 Permalink

    The state and school are SOOOOO racist, they gave him a full ride scholarship worth tens of thousands of dollars.

  11. Bluebird
    5:25 pm June 22, 2020 Permalink

    Donald Sterling, one-time owner of the Clippers, gave a lot of black basketball players a lot of money.

    Didn’t make him not a racist.

    A lot of racists give a lot of money to a lot of minorities. Doesn’t make them not racist. Doesn’t make it okay.

    Mississippi’s universities haven’t flown the flag for five years. Time for the state itself to follow.

  12. lizard king
    5:26 pm June 22, 2020 Permalink

    Uh why didn’t Obama have all this done while POTUS.

    What’s next. A separate black and white America with walls.

  13. rlee7932
    5:35 pm June 22, 2020 Permalink

    Leave it to KSR to post another article that brings out the biggest group of neo-confederates, losers, imbeciles and degenerates to proudly display their undying devotion to the Lost Cause”. Fake lawyers, washed up John Birchers that cut and paste a list of 60 year old presidential executive orders in some feeble attempt to explain away their racism and ignorance and thier devotion RW claptrap that may well play well in the uneducated backward hollars of KY, but in the rest of the country are just viewed as the ravings of a lunatic fringe death throes hoping to remain relevant in a society that has long ago passed them by.

    • PensacolaCat
      5:40 pm June 22, 2020 Permalink

      I can play this game – you’re a communist, anarchist. Spray painting WWII memorials make you feel better snowflake?

    • TPACAT
      7:58 pm June 22, 2020 Permalink

      I was going to say America-hating Antifa turd, Pensacola. But that’ll do…

  14. Johnson.reports
    5:58 pm June 22, 2020 Permalink

    Terry Jenkins just tweeted that he is in fact transferring to the D! Per reported by Wckb tv sports page!

  15. dcforuk
    6:27 pm June 22, 2020 Permalink

    There’s a sweet spot to try and land on that properly removes appearances of celebrating past sins vs using the past to educate prospectively. In other words, there is a difference between celebrating and educating. A Jefferson Davis statue in the Capitol feels like celebration more than education. We need to meet in the Diamond Rio middle!

    • TPACAT
      8:09 pm June 22, 2020 Permalink

      Saw that, lex. That’s actually the most cogent thing to EVER come out of Benjamin Crump’s mouth…

    • dcforuk
      9:55 pm June 22, 2020 Permalink

      There is absolutely a place for some confederate statues in certain places. Education is critical as Crump rightly points out. Some statues in certain places and some flags flying in certain places are clearly NOT helpful even if permissible. What is permissible is not necessarily beneficial. Conversely, free will and freedom is important. Let’s use wise judgment in exercising such freedom because freedom isn’t free and has a cost.

  16. lexattorney
    7:12 pm June 22, 2020 Permalink

  17. crazycatfan65
    7:59 pm June 22, 2020 Permalink

    Sorry but BLM can’t open their mouths over racism until they clean their own house first. Even the co founder recently admitted that the “movement” is anti white.
    “Patrisse Cullors, the co-founder of Black Lives Matter proudly admitted she’s a radical, anti-white Marxist.
    “We actually do have an ideological frame,” Cullors said. “Myself and Alicia are particularly trained organizers — we are trained Marxists. We are super versed on ideological theories…”
    Black Lives Matter is seeking to transform America by defunding the police, dismantling capitalism, ‘destroying the patriarchy,’ breaking down the nuclear family unit, emptying prisons, redistributing wealth in the form of reparations among other far left objectives.
    Among the six categories of demands are permanent reparations “for past and continuing harms” to the black community, including free education for life and a guaranteed minimum income; the end of “the war on black people” and banning the “criminalization” of blacks in any form, including pop culture; the redirecting of law enforcement and military funds to black communities; a complete overhaul of the economy to benefit black people and a rewriting of the tax code for a “radical” redistribution of wealth; control over local government; and “independent Black political power and Black self-determination in all areas of society.”

    • lizard king
      8:07 pm June 22, 2020 Permalink

      Well that’s great. BLM wanting to destroy America. I still have a hard time thinking all blacks are that way. I have read where Muhammad Ali son said his dad would have hated BLM.

    • TPACAT
      8:22 pm June 22, 2020 Permalink

      There you go with those pesky facts, ccf65…

  18. crazycatfan65
    8:00 pm June 22, 2020 Permalink

  19. BigBluSoTru
    8:10 pm June 22, 2020 Permalink

    Cats pause James Streeble reporting Hill has been in contact with the big dog . Expect announcement soon.

  20. ziplock
    9:05 pm June 22, 2020 Permalink

  21. The Big Lebowski
    1:15 am June 23, 2020 Permalink

    I wonder.

    If your daughters were raped for a couple of decades by guys who claimed to own you, wouldn’t you love to see statues of the rapists everywhere.

    That would be awesome.

    And, if those men had a flag for their sex slave club. I bet you’d think it was awesome to see that flag flying over the buildings of your government.

  22. kjd
    5:58 am June 23, 2020 Permalink

    Hilarious! Didn’t bother him when he accepted a four scholarship.

  23. catfan19
    8:25 am June 23, 2020 Permalink

    Good for him. I wish more athletes would do this. Talk about bringing the country to a halt. And oh, by the way, the South? They were all traitors to the United States. I have no use for any memorial to the people or the country. And that’s before we even get to slavery…we literally owned people. There is nothing about that that can be defended. Get it out of here.

    • terwilliger
      9:52 am June 23, 2020 Permalink

      Because bringing the county to a halt is your goal, right? Wtf exactly is the matter with you?

    • dcforuk
      1:27 pm June 23, 2020 Permalink

      Yes, slavery was wrong AND yes the history of it should NOT be wiped clean AND yes the next generation should be properly educated AND no the history of the wrongs of slavery should NOT be celebrated and YES certain statues should be removed from certain locations and YES certain statues should REMAIN in certain locations. Responses to these challenges/current events are like raising kids. What works for one response doesn’t necessarily work for the other.