Kansas State football players call for school to take action after student’s offensive George Floyd tweet

Multiple Kansas State football players are speaking out in response to an offensive tweet from a student at the university.

In a tweet sent Thursday, Kansas State student Jaden McNeil mocked George Floyd, who died May 25 after a now-former Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck for more than eight minutes. 

Wildcats defensive back Tee Denson condemned McNeil’s post, saying he would “refuse to play for a program that tolerates ignorance.” 

Fellow Kansas State players Joshua Youngblood, Malik Knowles and Walter Neil Jr. also called for the school to take immediate action. In a since-deleted tweet, Youngblood said he wouldn’t return to Kansas State until McNeil is “kicked out.”

Kansas State athletic director Gene Taylor released a statement addressing the controversy Friday morning, which was retweeted by head coach Chris Klieman.

“Recent tweets from a K-State student downplaying the Black Lives Matter effort and the tragic and senseless death of George Floyd are disgusting and totally inappropriate and not reflective of who we are as a university or our athletic department,” Taylor said. “They are not reflective of our administration and goals.

“We are committed to listening 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.”

McNeil is the president and founder of America First Students, an organization “defined by our support for closed borders, traditional families, the American worker and Christian values.” McNeil and his organization were accused of having ties to white nationalism earlier this year, but he denied representing white nationalism “in any way, shape or form.” 

In a statement shared Friday afternoon, Kansas State president Richard Myers said the university is launching an immediate review of its options and declared the school will “continue to fight for social justice.”

“The insensitive comments posted by one K-State student hurts our entire community. These divisive statements do not represent for the values of our university,” Myers said. “We condemn racism and bigotry in all its forms.”

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