Jun 26, 2020 9:54 PM

Kansas State athletes, officials decry student's Floyd tweet

Posted Jun 26, 2020 9:54 PM

UPDATE:

KSU President Richard Myers released a new statement on Saturday via K-State Today Special Issue.

Once again our campus community has been affected by racist statements, which causes pain to many of us. We know this is not what we want to stand for; our expectation is that we will help build the world up, not tear it down. During these times of high emotion and social media vitriol, we must not lose sight of the progress we have made and must continue to make.

Racism and statements that reflect it, whether stated on social media or elsewhere, are abhorrent, tasteless and ignorant. They are against K-State's values. They are against my personal values. The campus leadership and I expect more of our students. I want our community members to show empathy and be allies for one another. Students who do not want to treat people with dignity and respect should consider whether K-State is the right place for them, because K-State will not waver in its efforts to build an empathetic, diverse and inclusive campus community.

We should and we will all work relentlessly to eliminate racism at K-State and to promote social justice.

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MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Kansas State University President Richard Myers says the school is considering its options after a student posted a tweet mocking the death of George Floyd.

The tweet posted Thursday by sophomore Jaden McNeil drew the ire of several football players, including two who said they wouldn't play for Kansas State unless McNeil is removed from the university.

McNeil is the founder of the conservative group America First Students and has been criticized for his past comments on Black Lives Matter. Myers said Friday that McNeil's divisive comments do not represent Kansas State's values.