Utah basketball coach, Pac-12 athletic directors issue statements in hopes to end racism, discrimination, violence and hate

SALT LAKE CITY — University of Utah men’s basketball coach Larry Krystkowiak, Ute athletics director Mark Harlan and the 11 other ADs in the Pac-12 issued statements on Monday about “the horrific and senseless death of George Floyd” and their hopes to end racism, discrimination, violence and hate.

In his statement, Krystkowiak said he, his staff and Ute players are “devastated and angered with the senseless acts of racial violence and social injustices” that led to deaths of Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahumaud Arbery and others.

“Together, we can no longer stand in silence or accept these terrible acts of hate and violence against our fellow man,” Krystkowiak wrote. “We must use our platform to invoke change in this country to stamp out these acts of hate and help make an impact in any way that we can for a better future. Only together, without prejudice and hate, can we put an end to the racial violence and social injustices within our country.”


— Larry Krystkowiak (@LKrystkowiak) June 1, 2020

Krystkowiak’s message came hours before the Pac-12 released a joint statement with the the conference’s athletic directors.

The Pac-12 statement:

“Since the horrific and senseless death of George Floyd on May 25, we have all been struggling to come to terms with feelings of anger, frustration and an intense desire to find solutions to this latest, graphic testament to the injustice and racism that continues to exist in our society.

“Now, more than ever, we need to find the strength to stand up and become active participants in being a part of the solution to end racism and discrimination of all kinds, and to hold ourselves accountable not only to saying the right things, but more importantly, doing the right things, to get us there.

“The injustice before us is not just a problem facing African-Americans, nor a problem just facing minorities. It is an American injustice, one that we all must own and all must address head on if we wish to create a more humane, more caring and more empathetic society – one free of racism for all us here today and for our children and their children.

“The Pac-12 prides itself on our diversity, inclusiveness and commitment to social causes in our communities and our society as a whole. Over the past days and in the coming days, weeks and months, we will continue to engage with our student-athletes, coaches and other members of our Pac-12 community to discuss how collectively we can take actions to help end racism and injustice. We will also be hosting a number of forums with our student-athletes, moderated by thought-leaders in combatting racism, to discuss the issues of discrimination and injustice highlighted by this latest tragedy and to develop action plans.

“As universities tasked with educating the next generation of leaders, we are in a unique position to be a part of the solution and to hold ourselves accountable. And here is where we have great hope, and are united in our desire and in our resolve.”

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Source:: Deseret News – Sports News


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