“As college athletes, we have been given a platform and it is imperative that we speak out against injustice”
Pro-sports is going to collapse if they keep this up, and college sports is already pretty much ruined for this year because of the pandemic.
Campus Reform reports:
College sports teams follow NBA & MLB, skip practice for BLM protests
College football teams across the country canceled practices Thursday and Friday in protest of the shooting of Jacob Blake, a 29-year-old man in Kenosha, Wisconsin who was shot during an attempted arrest on August 23.
Boston College, Western Kentucky University, and many more teams chose not to take the field in an effort to raise awareness and to further the discussion in America about race relations. Some players have organized a Black Lives Matter protest in union with College Athlete Unity, a group that encourages student-athletes to advocate for social justice issues.
“It is unacceptable that Black Americans continue to be disproportionately affected by police brutality. As college athletes, we have been given a platform and it is imperative that we speak out against injustice,” CAU founder and Michigan defensive back Hunter Reynolds said.
Boston College football chose to hold team discussions on how to change a society they see as racially unjust rather than practicing.
“Instead of practicing, the team met together as student-athletes and coaches spoke about educating one another, maintaining social dialogue to help bring our community together, and invoking change in our society,” an official statement from the team read.
Western Kentucky University’s football team took a similar approach and also held discussions concerning the racial climate in America during the allotted practice time.
“We had a team meeting this afternoon regarding the current events in our country. We had very constructive conversation among our players and coaches,” WKU head coach Tyson Helton said. “I made the decision to call off tonight’s practice so our current focus could remain on these issues. We will plan to get back on the field tomorrow and continue having these important conversations as a team going forward.”
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