Ohio State Athletes, Staff Kneel for Nine Minutes in Honor of George Floyd

By Dan Hope on June 2, 2020 at 7:55 pm
Ohio State athletes and staff participate in the Kneel for Nine.
Keaton Maisano/The Lantern

Ohio State athletes, university staffers and OSU police came together on campus for a demonstration in honor of George Floyd and against racism on Tuesday night.

The demonstration, organized by Ohio State student-athletes, was one of many Kneel for Nine demonstrations that has taken place this week, a peaceful protest in which attendees kneel for nine minutes in solidarity and remembrance of Floyd, who was killed last week when a Minneapolis police officer held his knee on Floyd's neck for nearly nine minutes.

Staffers from The Lantern, Ohio State's student newspaper, shared photos and videos from the on-campus event, whose participants notably included Ohio State wide receiver C.J. Saunders, just one day after he was arrested for violating curfew in a separate protest.

In addition to Ohio State student-athletes, others in attendance for the demonstration included athletic director Gene Smith, university president Michael Drake, vice president of student life Melissa Shivers, director of player development Ryan Stamper, director of sports performance Mickey Marotti and assistant basketball coach Terry Johnson.

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