With protests taking place all over the country following a Minneapolis police officer ‘s killing of George Floyd 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 talk 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.
“Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are.”
— Ryan Day (@ryandaytime) May 29, 2020
Day and assistant coaches Al Washington and Kevin Wilson were among those from the football program who shared messages on Twitter calling for change.
Shouldn’t have to fear for my life when I see a police officer.
— Teradja Mitchell (@teradja_) May 27, 2020
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 and Michael Hall.
Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith and university President Michael Drake also shared their thoughts on Friday night.
Some thoughts about the events that transpired this week: pic.twitter.com/axE3rwsfPz
— gene smith (@OSU_AD) May 29, 2020