Virtually every member of the Louisville men’s basketball team has posted a graphic to let the public know that it will be holding a march starting Friday at 4 p.m.
The peaceful demonstration — which the players say is “for Breonna,” “against injustice” and “to unite” — will begin at the south end of Cardinal Stadium outside of the Thornton’s Academic Center.
PLEASE JOIN US for injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere!! For Breonna and the countless other lives lost to senseless acts. pic.twitter.com/gbnMe6sMqr— Malik Williams5️⃣ (@leek_willi) September 24, 2020
If you relate to this in any way. Even if you don’t but you want to understand, if you’re able please join us today at 4 pm as we march in unity, mourn for our lost brothers and sisters and take steps to plant seeds for a brighter future. https://t.co/LHmKh3ujq3— Charles Minlend Jr (@CminlendJr) September 25, 2020
The players appear to have the full support of their coaching staff, who I assume will be marching as well this afternoon/evening.
Today at 4pm. pic.twitter.com/wn0hEtMTo9— Chris Mack (@CoachChrisMack) September 25, 2020
I love how our guys have taken the initiative as young men to be apart of the solution and change!! ✊ https://t.co/U2BY6kh0jj— Mike Pegues (@CoachPegues) September 24, 2020
Some of the comments on the player and team accounts spreading this information have been disappointing, but sadly not all that surprising.
I’m going to be as straightforward as I can be here with an issue that really shouldn’t even need to be addressed. You don’t have to agree with every belief that these players have. In fact, there’s a 100 percent chance that the players themselves aren’t in 100 percent agreement with one another. Belief systems are (or at least should be) extensive and complex. But if you can’t at least respect the opinions of these men and their collective effort to make what they believe is a positive impact on the world, then don’t support them on the court this winter.
It’s that simple.