DATE: 2003
ACT: Turning her back during the "Star-Spangled Banner."
COMPLEX SAYS: During the 2003 season, Manhattanville college basketball player Toni Smith would turn her back during the "Star-Spangled Banner" before games to protest "the inequalities that are embedded into the American system." Smith started to receive attention for the act after their game against Mount St. Mary. On February 11, when they traveled to play the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, the crowd of more than 300 jeered at Smith and spent most of the game chanting "U-S-A" and "Leave our country."