Chryst backs players for online statement
Football players joined Nigel Hayes in statement about racial injustices on campus
MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin football coach Paul Chryst says he’s proud of the players who took to Twitter on Monday to post a statement about racial injustices on campus.
That message came after the game on Oct. 29, when a fan donned a Halloween costume depicting President Barack Obama with a noose around his neck.
The statement was shared by several black players on the team along with other black student-athletes. In part, it read: “This incident was yet another blow and reminder that there are people in this community that may not value diverse populations.” Chryst says he applauds the athletes for the way they expressed themselves, with a lot of thought obviously going into it.
“They want to make it better, and I admire them. It’s not easy, right?” said Chryst. “They could just sit back and say, `It’s not my job, it’s not my responsibility.”‘