Kansas State athletes, officials decry student's Floyd tweet

Bill Snyder Stadium previously KSU Stadium is the home to the Wildcat football team

Kansas State guard Christianna Carr was one of many upset student athletes at the university who voiced their opinion following a student's tweet about George Floyd.

If he is not expelled, the students vow to refuse to play their sports or help with donor events.

Last Friday, KSU student Jaden McNeil took to Twitter to say that a month after George Floyd died in a police-involved incident in Minneapolis, the man was "drug-free for an entire month". That tweet has been deleted, but he tagged the university in a different tweet that said, "Y'all need to do something".

Senior defensive backs D.J. Render, Jonathan Alexander and Walter Neil, as well as sophomore wide receiver Malik Knowles are among some of the players threatening to boycott the program.

Other players on the team made similar statements.

Christianna Carr, a Freshman All-Big 12 selection past year for the K-State women's basketball program, also spoke out.

McNeil describes himself as the founder of a conservative group called America First Students, which Kansas State says is not now registered on the campus because of a lack of membership.

"The university has yet to make a statement on how it will deal with the student who made the tweets, but in a statement made on behalf of President Richard Myers K-State said it plans to "[launch] an immediate review of the university's options".

"We condemn racism and bigotry in all its forms", Myers said. It is in blatant opposition to the values we hold close and aspire to as a university, such as diversity, inclusion, civility and respect. "We are committed to listening [to] and supporting our black athletes, black students and members of our black community and taking positive steps in the matters of social injustice and racism".

The consequences for not taking action are clear - they will not play.

McNeil most likely has received more attention than most students due to his history of activism on and off campus.

McNeil describes himself as the founder of a conservative group called America First Students, which Kansas State says is not now registered on the campus because of a lack of membership. He has previously said America First Students is a "mainstream, Christian, conservative organization that supports President Donald Trump".

The group is close to conservative commentator Michele Malkin, but also has connections to white nationalist Nick Fuentes.



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