Likely first-round pick Marvin Wilson to boycott workouts over coach’s "lie"

Mike Norvell

A day after Florida State captain Marvin Wilson said he and his teammates would start boycotting voluntary workouts following misleading quotes from new coach Mike Novell that he spoken to each player individually about the death of George Floyd and the nationwide protests that have followed, a team-wide meeting seems to have restored order.

Norvell told The Athletic's Tashan Reed that he "went back and forth individually with every player" last weekend after former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was filmed kneeling on Floyd's neck for more than eight minutes.

Earlier Thursday, Wilson disputed Norvell's account that the coach had communicated individually with players to discuss Floyd's death, as Norvell said he done during an interview with The Athletic earlier this week. Wilson added that players will not be attending workouts until further notice.

Florida State head coach Mike Norvell is taking responsibility after comments he made to The Athletic begin circulating on social media. "I believe we are moving on there", Coburn told the board.

"Took a stand we got what we wanted & we are moving forward", Wilson wrote on Instagram.

Norvell later issued an apology in which he praised Wilson "for utilizing his platform to express his reaction to my comments in an earlier interview". He had 8.5 tackles for loss and five sacks in nine games before suffering a season-ending hand injury in 2019.


Norvell said in his statement the text was sent to each player and presented as "an opportunity for open communication with me". Marvin is right. It was a mistake to use the word 'every.' Particularly at this time, words are important, and I'm sorry.

Norvell tweeted on May 29 in response to former National Football League coach Tony Dungy's comments about the protests and said we all must "stand together".

Florida State also released the content of the message Norvell sent to each player Saturday night. Let's be different and let our actions be heard in Service, Sacrifice, and Respect.

Shortly after midnight Thursday, Wilson responded to Reed's initial tweet with a searing tweet of his own, disputing Norvell's claim. Not even for athletes in general. Once again, I am grateful for the opportunity that I was given to speak to our team more in-depth as a result of Marvin being willing to express his feelings.

Wilson replied to Norvell's statement via a video on Twitter, saying he needed to take a stand for "black people in general".

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