US's Kansas State student-athletes says its members will not participate in "all athletic-related events" unless the university takes action in the wake of a tweet by a student mocking the death of George Floyd, ESPN reported.
In a statement issued Friday (June 27) by senior defensive back Jonathan Alexander, the group asked for "A Policy created against racism that will expel any student that openly displays racism on all platforms such as, social media, school, Aggieville, and sporting events."
The stir on social media started when student Jaden McNeil had tweeted Thursday (June 25) afternoon, one month after the killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis Police officer, "Congratulations to George Floyd on being drug-free for an entire month!"
The university's leadership has widely condemned McNeil's tweet. Kansas State President Richard Myers said that the university is launching an immediate review of its options.
"We condemn racism and bigotry in all its forms," he said. "Black Lives Matter at Kansas State University, and we will continue to fight for social justice.'
According to the report, McNeil describes himself as the founder of a conservative group called America First Students, which Kansas State says is not currently registered on the campus due to lack of memberships. McNeil has previously said America First Students is a "mainstream, Christian, conservative organization that supports President Donald Trump."