KENNESAW, Ga. (AP) — Kennesaw State University’s decision to remove its cheerleaders from the field after they protested police brutality during the national anthem has cost Georgia taxpayers $145,000 in a legal settlement. Former cheerleader Tommia Dean will get $93,000 of the award, with the rest going to her attorneys. The Marietta Daily Journal obtained a copy of the settlement Wednesday through an Open Records Act request. The cheerleaders were ordered off the field during pre-game activities after five of them took a knee in 2017. They were allowed back after the University System of Georgia determined their protests were protected by the U.S. Constitution.

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