Former Berkeley Prep standout Joshua Youngblood was one of several Kansas State players who posted on social media this past weekend about their intention to not “play, practice or meet” as a team in response to a disrespectful tweet from a student at the school.
The boycott stems from a post by Jaden McNeil, a Kansas State student who tweeted last week, “Congratulations to George Floyd on being drug free for an entire month!” That post mocking Floyd, an unarmed Black man who died after a police officer in Minneapolis knelt on his neck last month, has since been deleted by Twitter for violating its rules.
Still, players want more to be done from university officials. The biggest change they want is for a more uniform school policy that allows for a student “to be dismissed for displaying openly racist, threatening or disrespectful actions toward a student or group of students.”
As a freshman last season, Youngblood led the nation with three kickoff returns for touchdowns and was named an All-American by several publications.
Kansas State president Richard Myers issued a statement about the social media post. The school is launching an investigation to review its options.
Wildcats coach Chris Klieman also issued a statement in support of his players.
The issue had to be resolved on Monday.