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Texas Tech football players join protests, Wells gives support

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The Texas Tech football team will not have its scheduled practice Friday after several players posted on social media about joining protests by athletes and teams across the country. After the shooting of Jacob Blake in Wisconsin by police earlier this week, teams in the NBA, WNBA, Major League Baseball and Major League Soccer have postponed games with players calling for attention to social justice and the Black Lives Matter movement.

Several Tech players including Ja'Marcus Ingram, Cameron Watts, Riko Jeffers and Dadrion Taylor tweeted a statement Thursday that was written underneath the Texas Tech Football emblem. It says: 

“We as collective members of the Texas Tech University Football Team, stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters in the sports world throughout this country to protest the inhumane treatment of black and brown individuals by rogue law enforcement officials and the systemically racist power structure that fails to hold them accountable.

“Rather than pretend these problems don’t exist and maintain a practice schedule that does not take into consideration the mental health issues derived from seeing our fellow citizens beaten and murdered in the streets on a daily basis, we will instead use this time to discuss these issues amongst ourselves and decide how to best move forward in a manner that will allow us to effectuate change here in Lubbock, as well as the cities we call home.

“We welcome our coaches, support staff and university administrators to engage in this process along with us. We know many in Red Raider Nation will not understand nor support these actions, however, we ask that you respect our right to peacefully protest with the same energy that you cheer for us during the season. The very blood that fuels the heart we display every Saturday on the field, also stimulates our minds to be the change we want to see in this world. We are at a point in time when the two can no longer be separated.”

 Hours after several of his players posted and retweeted the statement, Coach Matt Wells posted the following statement: 

"Discussions and action plans are being led by our student athletes and is our immediate focus. I stand beside them and with them in support and love. We want to inspire lasting change in our program, on our campus, in our community and our nation.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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