His tweet has set off a firestorm, with the K-State football team now joining other Wildcats’ teams in saying they’ll boycott all athletic requirements until McNeil faces strong consequences from the university.
A select group of student-athletes at Kansas State have begun circulating a letter on social media that states they will not play in games or participate in any donor or recruiting events for the Wildcats until the university makes changes that address racism on its campus.
The letter demands that K-State administrators create a policy that will expel any student who openly displays racism on any platform, such as social media or at school or athletic events.
Spare me the First Amendment and freedom of speech argument. McNeil has earned an expulsion.
El-Masry was arrested in April during an investigation into videos and photos on social media, including the popular video-sharing platform TikTok, that the public prosecution described as sexually suggestive.
The dancer, 42, denied the accusations, saying the content was stolen and shared from her phone without consent.
Two headlines on Friday told a far deeper story than the mere words that were written.
One story reported that Morehouse College was canceling its two fall sports — football and cross country — because of continued fears of coronavirus.
The New York Times, which posted that story, quoted a Morehouse official saying,
“Good management says any uncertainty you can take out of the equation you should take out. One element where we could create certainty is what are we going to do with athletics.”
That official? The college’s president.
Meanwhile, another story reported that the number of coronavirus cases among Clemson University football players stands at at least 37.
The Associated Press posted that story. In it, and in five others I looked at, not one Clemson University official is quoted.
Not the president.
Not the athletic director.
Not the football coach.
Nowhere is there any indication the university is reconsidering its commitment to play football this fall because of the coronavirus cases.
Nowhere is there any indication the university is open to discussing with the other ACC institutions the value of competing in any sports right now.
Nowhere is there any indication the university is preparing to practice “good management.”
What those two headlines screamed loudly if you took the time to pay attention is that Morehouse College officials have put health and safety ahead of any monetary implications that come from canceling an entire sports season. And Clemson officials are, at least for now, doing the exact opposite.
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