Local Utah sports figures voice their thoughts on nationwide protests
After a weekend of protests and unrest across the country, including in Salt Lake City, local Utah sports figures – athletic directors, coaches and athletes – took to social media to express their thoughts.
University of Utah
Sporting Director Mark Harlan
SLC is not immune to the desperation and fear of under-represented communities. As a leader, I need to do more every day to be more aware and act on their behalf. I strongly urge everyone to demonstrate peacefully and avoid the violence that we see. Causing more pain is not the way-
– Mark Harlan (@MarkHarlan_AD) May 31, 2020
Lynne Roberts Women’s Basketball Coach
Wide Receiver Coach Guy Holliday
As you watch the protests across the country, I urge you to remind yourself that there are good people who serve and protect us. I also want others to know that it’s hard to understand the pain and frustration you feel as a person of color. Don’t judge another man until you’ve walked in his place.
– Coach Guy Holliday (@ eagle88me) May 29, 2020
Former footballer Zack Moss
Peace and quiet all I need!
– Zack Moss (@ PresMoss2) May 31, 2020
Former basketball player Kyle Kuzma
Former footballer Isaac Asiata
To my brothers and sisters who hold the line: be careful.
To those who exercise their right to protest: be careful.
– Isaac Asiata (@ AsiataFive4) May 31, 2020
Former footballer Moe Lee
Thank you for the demonstration in Utah. I was really surprised to see so much love and support from the non-black community. Proud day to be a Ute !! #RIPGeorgeFloyd
– Moe Lee (@MrMoeLee) May 31, 2020
Brigham Young University
Sporting Director Tom Holmoe
My 9 years old with the 49ers, I was the minority in the DB room. It was the best experience of my life. My brothers taught me a lot more than soccer and treated me with love and respect and WE achieved a lot together as a result. I love them. Changed my life. I must do more.
– Tom Holmoe (@TomHolmoe) May 30, 2020
Former basketball player Brandon Davies
Indignant, he left in the middle of the tournament. Something like this might seem so small, but at that point he stood up not only for his grandchildren and me, but also stood up against racism everywhere. Be an example. Let be the light. (2/2)
– Brandon Davies (@ Brandon_Davies0) May 31, 2020
Former football player Derwin L. Gray
he for an eye makes everyone blind.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons and daughters of God. Matthew 5: 9 pic.twitter.com/bb7EQLAiTl
– Dr Derwin L. Gray (@DerwinLGray) May 30, 2020
Former footballer Tim McTyer
Black people are the only ones who fight for how to fight. Damn sad brother.
It’s been 400 years and obviously nothing has worked.
A plan = no
Solutions = no
Vote = no
To fight = no
But as a man when all else fails, unless you’re a punk. You defend yourself !!!
– Tim McTyer (@timmctyer) May 31, 2020
Former football player Daniel Robertson
Imagine praying for hundreds of years and not much has changed. Prayer after prayer after prayer after prayer.
– Rob Daniel (@ TheRealist1ne) May 31, 2020