Kansas State football players boycotting activities amid uproar over George Floyd tweet

Members of Kansas State University's football team say they will boycott all team activities until action is taken against a student who posted an offensive tweet about George Floyd.

In a letter posted on social media Saturday by multiple players, which The Associated Press reported apparently represents most of the team, the players vowed to not "play, practice or meet" until the university puts in place a policy allowing a student to be dismissed for racist or bigoted statements.

"We are demanding that Kansas State University put a policy in place that allows a student to be dismissed for displaying openly racist, threatening or disrespectful actions toward a student or groups of students," it reads.


The uproar follows a tweet from conservative Kansas State student and founder of the campus's "America First Students" organization, Jaden McNeil, who mockingly offered his congratulations on Thursday to Floyd, an unarmed Black man who died in Minneapolis police custody a month earlier, for "being drug free for an entire month!”

McNeil has since deleted the tweet after his Twitter account was locked, and a message can be seen saying that it violated the site's rules.

In subsequent tweets, he has doubled down on the message and slammed the university for condemning his tweet amid nationwide protests over Floyd's death. Demonstrators around the country have called for changes to policing in the wake of Floyd's death after a video showed a white officer kneeling on his neck for nearly nine minutes before his death.