"He had to be dragged there but with you and I pushing he had no choice," Ehrhart wrote to Warren.
The Board of Regents found Olens ignored explicit instructions not to interfere with student athletes who take a knee during the anthem, and affirmed the gesture as an act of free speech protected by the U.S. Constitution.
KSU has since reversed course, allowing cheerleaders onto the field for the anthem once more. But the fallout has placed more pressure on an already strained relationship between Olens and some faculty and students.
Olens' appointment last year was met with skepticism in some corners, and his swearing in ceremony, which took place shortly after the text messages became public, was marred by protests.
On Wednesday, Williams said Olens was “complicit in an illegal act that violated the First Amendment rights which are precious to all of us.”
“He should resign,” Williams said. “If he does not do that, the board should remove him.”
The AJC has reached out to Olens for comment and will update this story with any response.
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