Kansas State Wildcats Football Team Demands Policy Changes After Racist Student Tweet

The tweet, which made fun of George Floyd's death, has the Kansas school in an uproar

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A view of a Kansas State Wildcats helmet before a game against the West Virginia Mountaineers on November 16, 2019.
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Days after a Kansas State University posted a tweet making light of the death of George Floyd, the Wildcats football team is doubling down on demands that must be met before they will return to practice, meetings, and — once they become a reality — games. Among those demands is for the university to put a policy in place to expel any students who display “openly racist, threatening or disrespectful” actions towards fellow students.

The tweet in question, posted by Jaden McNeil and since deleted, read as follows:

Congratulations to George Floyd on being drug free for an entire month!

McNeil, who is the president of the America First Students group, a controversial student organization he founded last year, has doubled down on the posting, claiming that he was “forced” to delete it:

Kansas State tweeted on Friday that it would be investigating the incident, but did not commit to any form of action in relation to its posting:

That appears to not be enough for the Wildcats athletic community; football coach Chris Klieman tweeted in support of his players on Friday, saying that he supports them in their anger towards McNeil’s post:

And Athletic Director Gene Taylor called the tweet “disgustingly inappropriate” in a tweet of his own:

Before the statement was pushed out by multiple players, several had tweeted their own disgust at the post; defensive back Tee Denson said point blank that he would not play for a program that “tolerates ignorance such as this,” referring to the original tweet, which he retweeted.

As protests erupted around the country and the Black Lives Matter movement took center stage following the death of Floyd, the crackdown on tweets making fun of or showing disdain towards the movement has been swift. However, Kansas State’s response has not been swift enough, at least for its football team, one of the school’s most successful athletic organizations.

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