Seth Towns Detained By Police During Protest in Downtown Columbus

By 11W Staff on May 30, 2020 at 1:56 am
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Ohio State men's basketball player Seth Towns was detained by Columbus Police while participating in a protest in downtown Columbus on Friday.

Video footage of Towns being handcuffed by police officers surfaced on Friday night. Though he was detained, he was not arrested and is not facing any criminal charges, and returned to his apartment after being released.


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In a series of tweets on Saturday, Towns commented on why he chose to protest.

Ohio State basketball coach Chris Holtmann said in a statement on Saturday evening that he and Ohio State “fully support our players' right to peacefully protest.” Of Towns, Holtmann said “it's clear that he has a heart for social justice.”

Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith, assistant coaches Jake Diebler and Ryan Pedon and point guard Abel Porter were also among those who tweeted their support for Towns on Saturday.

Protests took place in downtown Columbus for the second straight day on Friday in response to the killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer on Monday.

Towns, who announced his transfer to Ohio State in March, graduated from Harvard earlier this week. The graduate transfer, who was the 2017-18 Ivy League Player of the Year, is set to join the Buckeyes for the upcoming season and has two remaining seasons of eligibility.

Towns' former coach at Harvard, Tommy Amaker, sent out a tweet in support of his former player on Saturday afternoon.

Earlier on Friday, Ohio State men's basketball coach Chris Holtmann, each of his assistant coaches and several players took to Twitter to speak out against racial injustice

Per a source, Holtmann and Towns spoke by phone on Friday night after Towns returned to his apartment.

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