On Thursday, one month since Floyd, a Black man, died after a white Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee on his neck for almost eight minutes, student Jaden McNeil tweeted "Congratulations to George Floyd on being drug free for an entire month!"
George Floyd, who had an extensive criminal history, died in the custody of four Minneapolis police officers on May 25.
Asked by the Daily Dot about the enrollment status of McNeil, a university spokesperson hesitated in answering but stated officials are reviewing all paths and "options available" regarding his future enrollment.More news: Karachi: Pakistan’s stock exchange building under attack
As can be expected, these tweets did not sit well with many in the university community.
Senior defensive backs D.J. Render, Jonathan Alexander and Walter Neil, as well as sophomore wide receiver Malik Knowles are among some of the players threatening to boycott the program.
"The lack of basic decency and care for how this post would impact others, especially our Black students, faculty & staff already emotionally hurting from recent incidents of anti-Black violence is shameful and appalling", tweeted Thomas Lane, vice president for student life and dean of students at K-State.
On Friday evening, Chrissy Carr, a guard for the women's basketball team, said that the women's basketball team would not play or participate in an donor or recruiting events unless they see change.More news: With over 17K fresh cases, India 10K short of 5L mark
McNeil describes himself as the founder of a conservative group called America First Students, which Kansas State says is not now registered on the campus because of a lack of membership. "These divisive statements do not represent for the [sic] values of our university". "Bigotry, prejudice & racism have no place here", he added. "We are launching an immediate review of the university's options", Myers stated. "We love Kansas State but we must stand together and protect all students moving forward".
The consequences for not taking action are clear - they will not play.
The student referenced in the statement is Jaden McNeil.
McNeil most likely has received more attention than most students due to his history of activism on and off campus.More news: Inti Creates declares 'Azure Striker Gunvolt 3' for Nintendo Switch
McNeil's original tweet with a link to his statement has been deleted. He has previously said America First Students is a "mainstream, Christian, conservative organization that supports President Donald Trump".