The Memphis Tigers football workforce will function Black Lives Matter stickers on their helmets this season, coach Ryan Silverfield introduced Tuesday.
The sticker will learn “BLM” in a tribute to the motion with the “M” that includes the Tigers’ emblem. Silverfield stated the sticker shall be current in each sport.
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“This season, for every game, our student-athletes’ helmets will have a BLM sticker. #ALLINagainstRACIALINJUSTICE,” Silverfield’s tweet learn.
He informed the Commercial Appeal that the thought got here from the college’s student-athletes.
“The use of the BLM logo on a helmet decal was an idea from our student-athletes,” he informed the newspaper. “It doesn’t mean we support any anti-American, violent organization or hate group or any specific political party. In fact, I love this country and I love our players. Rather the decal is a show of support to our team.”
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College of Memphis President Dr. M. David Rudd launched an announcement on the sticker after some backlash.
“These are difficult and divisive times in our country. It has never been more critical for us to come together, support one another, confront our challenges, recognize our shortcomings and move forward with common vision and shared values,” Rudd’s assertion learn. “Our Tiger football workforce lately determined they are going to wear a Black Lives Matter emblem on their helmet during the upcoming season. I would like to clarify this doesn’t characterize endorsement of any political entity or affiliated group; it represents a dedication to social justice and American values all of us embrace however haven’t absolutely realized as a rustic.
“As a Veteran who served during the Gulf War, I can speak personally to an unwavering dedication to our constitutional value with a passionate and steadfast commitment to liberty, equality and free speech. The exercise of free speech is essential to a representative republic. I support our athletic department, our head coach and our football team. I am proud of our young men for demonstrating leadership, encouraging civility, and for their genuine efforts to unite us so our University of Memphis family can become even stronger.”
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Ought to there be a faculty football season, Memphis will begin its season in opposition to Arkansas State at residence.