"We are deeply dishearten[ed] by the revelations revealed in these messages. We were exercising our 1st amendment rights in the most American way possible. We took a knee for a purpose and we continue to kneel for this cause. These text messages only leave us with more questions on how the university handled this situation. We would hope the university would defend its students from political leaders. To this day, President Olens has not met or requested a meeting with us. We are owed a meeting and to have this matter addressed publicly."
The statement comes a day after the AJC published text messages exchanged between Cobb Sheriff Neil Warren and state Rep. Earl Ehrhart in which they appeared to boast of forcing university President Sam Olens to take action against the young women.
“He had to be dragged there but with you and I pushing he had no choice,” Ehrhart wrote to Warren. “Thanks for your patriotism my friend.”