Beaumont Bulls

The Beaumont Bulls youth football team’s season ended early in October 2016 after their head coach was fired following the team’s kneeling protests, but many former players banded together and created a new team, the Southeast Texas Oilers.

The Oilers held their first registration event Sunday, Feb. 16, in Rogers Park.

April Parkerson, vice president of the Oilers, said the in-person registration event was “pretty successful.”

Beaumont Bulls (Photo by April Parkerson)

The Beaumont Bulls executive board forfeited the season after the suspension of Coach Rah-Rah Barber, who led the Bulls’ kneeling protests beginning Sept. 10. The executive board says that after his suspension, Barber moved to another league, taking many players with him, forcing the forfeiture, but Barber says this is untrue.

Photo Credit: April Parkerson

Earlier this month, the Beaumont Bulls youth football team kneeled in protest during the national anthem, following the lead of NFL player Colin Kaepernick.

The 11- and 12-year-old boys first kneeled during a game on Sept. 10, prompting death threats on KFDM’s Facebook page and other social media sites.