Ohio State football players and Ryan Day teamed up to call for change in a video posted to the football team's official social media accounts on Monday night.
Captioned simply with two hashtags – #BlackLivesMatter and #FightForChange – the video features Ohio State football players Jonathon Cooper, C.J. Saunders, Chris Olave, Wyatt Davis, Tyreke Smith, Marcus Williamson, Shaun Wade, Luke Farrell, Justin Fields, Sevyn Banks, Drue Chrisman, Josh Myers, Tuf Borland, Master Teague, Pete Werner and Justin Hilliard and head coach Ryan Day, who together shared the following message:
“Don't ignore George Floyd. His senseless killing at the hands of law enforcement has shaken this nation at its core. His death, along with countless others, has once again brought these injustices to the forefront of our society. For far too long, Black Americans have suffered under systems of racism and oppression. This time, it's different. This time we've had enough. As members of the Ohio State football team, we have a platform not only in Central Ohio, but around the globe. With this platform, it is our duty to promote awareness and evoke change. We will no longer stand silent as these issues continue to plague our friends, citizens, neighbors, and teammates. We stand in solidarity with the black community and equal rights for all. This is not white versus black. This is everyone against racism. As a team, we've committed ourselves to fight for change. And now, we're asking for you to join us.”
The video comes after George Floyd was killed by a police officer in Minneapolis last Monday, which has been followed by subsequent protests throughout the country.