TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) – Several K-State student athletes are demanding that a student behind a viral tweet about George Floyd be dropped from college, or they won’t play.
“If no action is taken against the student who made these comments on Twitter, I will not be able to represent this university,” wrote second-year forward Antonio Gordon on Friday afternoon.
Teammate and sophomore DaJuan Gordon quoted the tweet, echoing Antonio’s statement.
“If nothing is done, I will not represent this [University] Neither, “wrote DaJuan. “Pursuing if nothing is done means they support you!”
The men’s basketball tweets came earlier in the day, KSU defender Tee Denson quoted Jaden McNiel’s tweet as saying he would protest the show if no action is taken.
Teammate Josh Youngblood also tweeted that he would no longer represent the school if McNeil did not face consequences, but has since removed the tweet.
“(I) refuse to play for a show that tolerates ignorance like this,” Denson wrote.
Men’s basketball head coach Bruce Weber and soccer head coach Chris Klieman have tweeted in solidarity with their players.
“I am united with all of our #KState student athletes for using their voices to confront racism and injustice,” Weber wrote. “This nasty comment is not representative of the K-State that I know and love. I strive to continue working with our team on solutions and against all hatred. “
“Our program and our coaches will continue to be part of the solution when it comes to racial injustice,” wrote Klieman. “I love our players and they know I have my back.”
Kansas State said Friday that the school is launching an “immediate review of college options” after Jaden McNiel, whose Twitter bio identifies him as the president and founder of “America First Students,” wrote: “Congratulations to George Floyd for being drug free for a whole month!
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