Kansas State Football Going On Strike Over Student’s Tweet
Kansas State football players have pledged to go on strike over a student’s tweet.
A junior at the school, Jaden McNeil, tweeted out a message that was deemed disrespectful to George Floyd.
“Congratulations to George Floyd on being drug free for an entire month,” he tweeted out.
Floyd became a symbol of racial injustice in America after a video of him dying in policy custody on May 25 went viral.
In response to the tweet, Kansas State’s football team has decided to go on strike.
“Due to the recent disparaging, insensitive, and unsettling comments made by a fellow student, we as a football team, after consultation with students from campus organizations and as well as students from the general student body, feel it is best for us to stand with the students,” the team said in a statement.
“We are demanding that Kansas State University put a policy in place that allows a student to be dismissed for displaying openly racist, threatening or disrespectful actions toward a student or groups of students. We have resolved that we cannot play, practice, or meet until these demands are heard and actions taken.”
It remains to be seen how the school will ultimately respond to this ultimatum by its student-athletes.