Manhattan, Kansas Last week, a Kansas State student sent a tweet out that was described as “openly racist, threatening and disrespectful.” Kansas State Athletic Director Gene Taylor responded via Twitter, calling the tweet “disgusting and inappropriate.”
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.
— Gene Taylor (@KSTATEADGT) June 26, 2020
After learning about the tweet from the Kansas State student, Wildcat players Josh Youngblood and Tee Denson said that they would not represent Kansas State until change was made, and the whole team came together to announce that “they will no longer participate in team activities” until their demands are met.
The message went on to say, “We have resolved that we cannot play, practice, or meet until these demands are heard and actions taken. We love Kansas State but we must stand together and protect all students moving forward.”
However, moments ago, it was announced by Kansas State players on social media that they have decided to end their boycott and will now play in the upcoming season because the university took steps to address the problems.