Kansas State Soccer Players Plan To Boycott George Floyd's Tweet

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A group of student athletes at Kansas state University, including the university's football and women's basketball teams, said they would not play or practice until a student who joked about George Floyd on Twitter is expelled.

On Thursday, one month after Floyd, a Black man, died after a white Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee on his neck for almost eight minutes, student Jaden McNeil tweeted, "Congratulations to George Floyd on being drug free for an entire month!"

Carr and her fellow athletes spoke out after Jaden McNeil - the leader of America First Students at Kansas State, a right-wing group that supports President Donald Trump and has ties to white nationalism - sent an incredibly offensive tweet on Thursday congratulating Floyd for being drug free for a month.

Kansas State Athletics responded with a tweet that said, "K-State Athletics, along with President Myers and University leadership, respect and support our student-athletes in standing up in the fight against racism".

Kansas State's Dean of Students Thomas Lane released a statement on McNeil's tweet through his Twitter account. We are launching an immediate review of the university's options. He parted the TPUSA in 2019 because of his disagreement over the handling of the Lincoln Memorial controversy and founded America First Students as an opposing organization.

McNeil is the president of America First Students, an organization he launched in January. He said independent student organizations need to have at least five members and renew registration every year, The Kansas City Star reported.

The players also expressed their opinion in tweets.

Quarterback Skylar Thompson, defensive back Jonathan Alexander, defensive back Walter Neil Jr. and other players shared the statement on Saturday.

The school will ultimately have to do something soon, because soon a ton of players on the Kansas State football team would put pressure on the school itself.

"Our program and our coaches will continue to be part of the solution when it comes to racial injustice", Klieman wrote in a tweet.

College athletes around the country have marched and used their influence to push for social justice since Floyd's death.

That tweet was met with anger from many with connections to K-State, including student-athletes who made a decision to use their platforms to condemn McNeil.

Other players on the team made similar statements.



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