State football team doubles down on demands following student's tweet

Pablo Tucker
June 29, 2020

The Kansas State Athletic Department also didn't reply to a request from the Daily Dot, but the director of the department at the university did release a statement condemning McNeil on Twitter.

Kansas State football players say they will boycott all team activities until administrators create a policy that would allow a student to be expelled for "openly racist, threatening or disrespectful actions". Following McNeil's tweet, several student athletes at Kansas State said they were not going to play unless the student was kicked out.

On Thursday, one month since 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!"

Kansas State University President Richard Myers tweeted support for the players but stopped short of announcing any punishment for McNeil. "We are launching an immediate review of the university's options. 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".

Kansas State spokesman Jeff Morris said America First Students is now not registered on the campus. It describes itself as a "campus conservative organization defined by our support for closed borders, traditional families, the American worker, and Christian values".

Kellis Robinett covers Kansas State athletics for The Wichita Eagle and The Kansas City Star.

Freshman Corner Tee Denson tweeted who refuses to play for a show that "tolerates ignorance like this".

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

Asked by the Daily Dot about the enrollment status of McNeil, a university spokesperson hesitated in answering but stated officials are reviewing all paths and "options available" regarding his future enrollment. A number of college athletes around the country have used their influence to push for social justice since Floyd's death.

Other players on the team made similar statements. That came on a campus that was roiled by controversy and demonstrations five years ago over the treatment of minorities on campus.

The K-State football made the loudest statement yet.

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