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Oklahoma State athletes, coaches react to George Floyd’s death and national protests

Cowboys coaches Mike Gundy and Mike Boynton call for people to work together.

NCAA Basketball: Oklahoma State at Texas Tech Michael C. Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

Our nation is in mourning. The events of the last week have been heartbreaking to say the least. Social injustice is at the forefront of our minds once again as another Black man was the victim of police brutality. May George Floyd rest in peace.

My thoughts and feelings include praying for a better tomorrow for our Black brothers and sisters. I feel a responsibility to thwart racism wherever and whenever I can. That includes both in public and at the polls. This can’t just be something everyone gets fired up over after someone dies. It has to be all year.

Everyone is putting out statements about their thoughts and feelings on the matter, and that is a great thing. Unfortunately, Twitter didn’t save Floyd just like it couldn’t save countless others. Our words need to be accompanied by action.

As protests ensue in the midst of a pandemic, words are the easiest thing to offer. With many still uneasy about leaving home, words take the place of many people who can’t protest in public. These are the words of Oklahoma State athletes — both past and present — and coaches.