HS athletes & coaches speaking out following the death of George Floyd

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Lebron James and Colin Kapernick, along with a handful of other professional athletes can usually be counted on to speak out on issues of social justice and reform.

But this time around, coaches from all levels, players from all levels, your neighbor, their son, maybe even fathers, brothers and cousins, have, one way or another, spoken out about the recent death of 46-year old father George Floyd, including many in the high school basketball community.

Their platforms are typically utilized to announce offers, commitments or upcoming visits, but recently, it’s been all about the current state of affairs in the country.

Kentucky head coach John Calipari

Memphis assistant coach Cody Toppert

2021 forward Chet Holmgren

Virginia head coach Tony Bennett

2021 forward Jonathan Kuminga

2022 guard Skyy Clark

Arizona State head coach Bobby Hurley

Coastal Carolina Associate Head Coach Benny Moss

2021 forward Owen Lobsinger

Aspire Academy head coach Jeremy Kipness

2021 forward James Graham III

2021 forward DaRon Holmes II

2021 guard Isa Silva

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“Say The Name. George Floyd” Stevante Clark, the brother of Stephon Clark who was also murdered by the police, is shown here leading a protest in the beautiful city of Sacramento. On March 18, 2018, Stephon Clark, a 23-year-old black American man, was shot and killed in the backyard of his grandmother's house. He had a phone in his hand. Not a gun, not a knife, not a weapon, a phone. It has been 5 days since George Floyd was MURDERED by a man wearing a police uniform, while his colleagues watched, not stopping him. I’ve been trying to formulate a way to address the indignation and anger that I and the world have felt the last of couple days. But we must stop this and realize that change cannot happen by condoling silently. We have a moral obligation to speak up and fight for what is right. The catholic social teaching of dignity calls us to act. I’m a first generation Mexican American kid who many think is white. I’m not black. I will never understand the trepidation of being persecuted because of being black. Having to grow up with caution, learning how to cooperate with an ENTIRE system which is systemically racist has never been a worry. So to sit here and preach that any other struggle is more important than the Black Lives Matter movement would be ignorant and selfish. I challenge others to use their platforms to help fortify the cause. Us athletes have a brand and don’t protect it to please others. Protect the world not your brand. Also prayer is important in these moments. We must continue to pray for the Floyd family and all who have been murdered by those who were supposed to protect us. #RIPGeorgeFloyd #BLM

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2022 guard Dior Johnson

NC Central head coach LeVelle Moton

Kentucky commit Terrence Clarke

Duke commit Jalen Johnson

North Carolina assistant coach Brad Frederick

Illinois commit Adam Miller

Wake Forest commit Quadry Adams


Texas A&M head coach Buzz Williams

2022 guard Zion Cruz


2021 forward Samuel Ayomide


Akron commit Jermaine Marshall

Arizona commit Dalen Terry

Kansas State assistant coach Chris Lowery

George Washington head coach Jamion Christian

2022 guard Brandon McCaskill

Troy head coach Scott Cross

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