MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - Ole Miss football players walked out of practice Friday morning to protest racial injustice and call for the end of police brutality. The demonstration is in response to the shooting of Jacob Blake in Wisconsin Sunday, Aug. 23.
The team, joined by Head Coach Lane Kiffin, marched to the town square chanting, “No justice, no peace.”
The team peacefully protested under the Confederate statue in the square. After they left, police and other men began surrounding the statue.
The university released a statement supporting the players Friday afternoon saying:
The protest follows days of similar acts by athletes in college and professional sports, beginning with the Milwaukee Bucks Wednesday.
On Thursday, Mississippi State’s players held a similar protest in Starkville.