Ohio State Basketball and Football Coaches, Players and Recruits Speak Out Against Racism Following Killing of George Floyd

By Dan Hope on May 29, 2020 at 6:20 pm
Chris Holtmann

With protests taking place around the country following the killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer on Monday, many Ohio State coaches – including men's basketball coach Chris Holtmann and football coach Ryan Day – and athletes took to social media on Friday to speak out about the situation and denounce racism.

Holtmann made a statement on Twitter on Friday morning, accompanied by a quote from civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr., and each of his assistant coaches – Terry Johnson, Ryan Pedon and Jake Diebler – also shared his tweet with their own thoughts.

Ohio State basketball players Justin Ahrens and Kyle Young also advocated for change with tweets on Friday.

Day and several of his assistant coaches, including Al Washington, Kevin Wilson, Brian Hartline and Larry Johnson, were among those from the football program who shared messages on Twitter calling for change.

Current and former Ohio State football players who have shared their thoughts on social media include Zach Harrison, Teradja Mitchell, Joe Burrow and Malcolm Jenkins, while several Buckeye commits have also commented, including Tunmise Adeleye, TreVeyon Henderson, Michael Hall and Kyle McCord.

Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith and university president Michael Drake also shared their thoughts on Friday night.

On behalf of the university, Drake said he has “reached out to leaders in our community to deepen and extend our dialogue on how to actively address racial injustice.”

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