University of Memphis Football Team Will Wear BLM Stickers on Helmets All Season

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The University of Memphis recently announced that its football players will wear helmets with a Black Lives Matter sticker for every game during the upcoming season.

“This season, for every game, our student-athletes’ helmets will have a BLM sticker,” Ryan Silverfield, head coach of the school’s football team, wrote on Twitter.

University of Memphis President M. David Rudd claimed the decision “does not represent an endorsement of any political entity or affiliated group.”

“It represents a commitment to social justice and American values we all embrace but have not fully realized as a country,” he said in a statement released Thursday. “As a veteran who served during the Gulf War, I can speak personally to an unwavering dedication to our constitutional values with a passionate and steadfast commitment to liberty, equality and free speech.”

Silverfield made similar comments when speaking with Memphis Commercial Appeal, noting that the BLM decal “was an idea from our student athletes.”

“It does not 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,” he said.

Rudd said he supports the decision of the athletic department, head coach, and football team.

“The exercise of free speech is essential to a representative republic,” he added. “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 together.”

Silverfield joined athletes last month for a “unity walk” on campus in response to the death of George Floyd, who died on Memorial Day in the custody of Minneapolis police.

“It’s not an overnight deal, but we’ve got to continue to grow and I’ve got to do a better job myself as a head coach because I understand that I have a platform, and I have to voice myself in order to have student-athletes’ backs and make sure they are not being treated unjustly in all walks of life,” Silverfield told WMC during the event. “And that I don’t care if it’s tomorrow or 20 years from now, we’ve got to keep chipping away at this thing and hope to make a positive difference in society.”

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Anthony Gockowski is managing editor of The Minnesota Sun and The Ohio Star. Follow Anthony on Twitter. Email tips to [email protected].
Photo “University of Memphis Football” by University of Memphis.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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6 Thoughts to “University of Memphis Football Team Will Wear BLM Stickers on Helmets All Season”

  1. James E. Alexander

    How stupid can the Coach and President be? BLM is a communist group that wants to destroy America. Look at all the Black on Black crime in Democrat control cities in the country. Just the last weekend there were several Black children killed by blacks and no outcry by the bleeding heart liberals. What percentage of the Black football players could even make it to Memphis on a scholarship level? Most of them would never get a college scholarship if they could not play football. How about a sticker for ALL LIVES MATTER. I will not support Memphis in any way and not support any firms that advertise for the games. This is strictly a ploy to attract more Black player to Memphis and as usual you will loose the best player to the SEC and other conferences.

  2. Tammy Rogers

    Don’t like people who destroys,peoples business,s steal from them, burn people’s homes, killing people, small children.destroying properties

  3. akaMOTU

    WOW! With the idiots in the NFL and NCAA going FULL RETARD on Black Lies Matter, I will have a lot more free time this fall…

  4. 83ragtop50

    University of Memphis President M. David Rudd claimed the decision “does not represent an endorsement of any political entity or affiliated group.”

    “It represents a commitment to social justice and American values we all embrace but have not fully realized as a country,” he said in a statement released Thursday.

    This guy is president of a university? He essentially contradicts himself in successive sentences. What a fool.

    1. Ron W

      Correct, Black Lives Matter is an organization started and lead by admitted, avowed Marxists who promote terrorism. Social justice is ALL of the Bill of Rights for everyone , special rights and privileges for no one and “the equal protection of the laws” as mandated in the 14th Amendment, which with the 13th Amendment, ended slavery. Marxism is, demonstrated by history, a regressive system of slavery, poverty and death!

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