This video clip went viral, throwing Covington Catholic into the national spotlight. Longer video has since emerged showing how the incident started.
Louisville Courier Journal
One of the Covington Catholic students involved in the viral incident after the Indigenous Peoples March and March for Life in Washington, D.C., will be on the “Today Show.”
Nicholas Sandmann, the student in the “Make America Great Again” hat who stands face to face with Native American elder Nathan Phillips, will be on the show Wednesday, according to a tweet from anchor Savannah Guthrie.
“I never interacted with this protestor. I did not speak to him. I did not make any hand gestures or other aggressive moves. To be honest, I was startled and confused as to why he had approached me,” Sandmann said in a statement released by his family.
According to Phillips, he approached the group of teenagers after he felt that their interactions with a group of Black Hebrew Israelites were going to escalate.
Phillips said some of the members of the Black Hebrew group were also acting up, “saying some harsh things” and that one member spit in the direction of the Catholic students. “So I put myself in between that, between a rock and hard place,” he said.
“There was that moment when I realized I’ve put myself between beast and prey,” Phillips told the Detroit Free Press. “These young men were beastly and these old black individuals was their prey, and I stood in between them and so they needed their pounds of flesh and they were looking at me for that.”
The “Today Show” airs at 7 a.m.
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