Once in the square, the team members gathered around a Confederate statue and began chanting “No Justice, No Peace” as well as “Hands up, don’t shoot” and ” Black lives matter. ”
Linebacker Jacquez Jones posted a photo of the players standing in front of the statue on his Twitter feed on Friday. His tweet read: Stand up for nothing, fall for anything #BLM.
Don’t defend anything, go for everything ✊🏾 #BLM pic.twitter.com/TS5x5WJst7
– Jacquez Jones (@ESPN_Jac) August 28, 2020
“As the Ole Miss football family, we are determined to change,” the players said in a statement released by the school.
– Eric Bailey (@EricBaileyTW) 28 août 2020
“These conversations have been difficult. They were revealing, ”said Riley. “They were very emotional, very tense. They gave each person not only an opportunity to express themselves, but also, perhaps more importantly, an opportunity to listen to what others have gone through, their experiences. To stop by thinking about ourselves every second and thinking about our brothers and sisters, what they are going through and how we can help them. ”
After Riley spoke, the Sooners stopped to take a 57-second minute of silence in honor of the 57th anniversary of the March on Washington led by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
David Wilson contributed to this story.