In show of solidarity, UK Football Team walks off practice field

Published: Aug. 27, 2020 at 3:47 PM CDT
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) – UK officials have confirmed that the football team decided to leave the practice field on Thursday in a show of solidarity with recent protests across the nation.

Currently, the team and other football personnel are meeting to discuss ways to “promote their influence and be a part of effective change.”

This has happened in both professional and college sports across the nation following the shooting of Jacob Blake this week in Wisconsin.

This is also not the first time the UK Football team has shown solidarity for the Black Lives Matter movement. In June, the team marched through downtown Lexington demanding changes following the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor.

“What we did today, it’s going to be talk around Kentucky and some people may not agree with it, but I know that people will hear me out and people will listen to this press conference and they may see things differently and even if everyone doesn’t change their hearts, who may disagree with me, even if we can influence just a few people that would be a domino effect that they could change their community and they could change how they raise their kids so that they treat others with respect,” UK defensive end Josh Paschal said.

Kentucky head coach Mark Stoops addressed the walkout on Twitter.

“I want to help our players align their beliefs with their opportunities,” Stoops said. “I’m proud that they care not just for themselves, but also for the people around them and the communities where they live.”

“They are knowledgeable and courageous, with a passion to make an impact. They have a commitment to being leaders of character as players, students and citizens.”

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