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OSU basketball: Mike Boynton releases message in wake of racial violence

STILLWATER — Oklahoma State men’s basketball coach Mike Boynton issued a statement Friday on his Twitter page following recent racial violence and protests around the country.

Boynton started the tweetwith “Do Better. Be Better.” He then posted a picture of a typed message.

Here is that message in its entirety:


“I’ve been struggling with the latest unnecessary death of a brother in the streets of our country. It’s incomprehensible to me how someone could show such a lack of care for another person. Even worse… physically drive a man, who he was charged with protecting, to his death. We must seek fair justice for George Floyd and his family as well as countless others who have experienced such tragedies. We must also fight for a change in the system that contributes to this happening so often. I’ve had my own frightening experience with law enforcement, but that is for another day. I pray we can understand each other better and fear each other less. Black people are humans, we bleed red blood like everyone else. I have a 7 year old son. I want to have the same level of comfort and confidence that when he leaves my house, that he will return safely like every other parent wants and should have. However, the thought of what might happen to him, because of perceived fear, is pretty unnerving. I teach him, and I try myself to live by 4 basic principles.

  1. Trust God- Fully

  2. Treat ALL people the right way (the way I want to be treated

  3. Work as hard as I am capable of

  • Smile often and enjoy life

  • “I am not saying I have all or any of the answers, or that my way is the way for everyone. I do, however, want to be a part of the conversation to help create solutions. We have come so far, but there is obviously a lot more to be done.

    “Peace and Love

    “Coach Mike”

    The recent death of George Floyd in Minnesota along with Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia and Breonna Taylor in Kentucky have sparked protests this week across the nation. 

    Floyd died Monday after Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin pressed his knee on the back of Floyd’s neck while pinning him on the ground. Chauvin was arrested Friday. He was charged with manslaughter and third-degree murder.

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    Oklahoma State coach Mike Boynton Jr. watches his team in the second half during a men's college basketball game between the Oklahoma State Cowboys and West Virginia Mountaineers at Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater, Okla., Monday, Jan. 6, 2020. West Virginia won 55-41. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman]

    Oklahoma State coach Mike Boynton Jr. watches his team in the second half during a men's college basketball game between the Oklahoma State Cowboys and West Virginia Mountaineers at Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater, Okla., Monday, Jan. 6, 2020. West Virginia won 55-41. [Nate Billings/The...

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