LSU men’s basketball coach Will Wade released a statement on Monday morning concerning the death of George Floyd — the unarmed African-American man who died while handcuffed and lying face down in the street by Minneapolis police officer last week.
Floyd’s death, and the video of it, has sparked protests in multiple cities across the United States — including Baton Rouge, New Orleans and Lafayette.
Wade released the following statement through his Twitter account:
“First and foremost my heart is with George Floyd’s family as as everyone who has been negatively impacted by this tragedy and the far too many other similar tragedies. My personal experience as a basketball coach has given me the opportunity to embrace African-Americans as family. But I recognize the trusty that I did not and can not understand what it’s ie to live life dealing with racism as a black person.
At this point, though, all words ring hollow. Now is not a time for words. Now is a time for action. I don’t yet know what my actions will entail. But I am going to listen to the members of our team and I’m going to listen to other thought leaders on this subject. And I’m going to be the best ally I can be moving forward. There remains much more work to do to combat injustice and I fully embrace the responsibility of doing my part to stand up for what is right.
We all must do more. — Will Wade.”