His action garnered racial harassment and a wave of media attention. The schools, the local police department and the NAACP have stepped in to investigate the causes of Axson's protest and the aftermath.
One resounding sentiment, mirroring the Kaepernick story: People insisting that Americans don't have the right to "disrespect" the national anthem. It's more manufactured outrage, and it misses Axson's point entirely.
Rodney Axson @KingAxson had no right to disrespect the national anthem. Why hasnt he been suspended from the team and school????— SI STUD (@SISTUD) September 11, 2016