Wisconsin senior forward Nigel Hayes, as well as a number of other Badgers athletes, tweeted a statement Monday night about racial injustice on campus. Hayes described several ways in which prejudice afflicts him and his fellow student-athletes.
“Many people believe that student-athletes of color are immune to the racial injustices that affect other students of color on campus,” the players wrote. “However, our experiences are not shielded by the ‘W’ we wear on our chest, our experiences are one in the same.”
The statement alluded to a recent incident in which a fan showed up to a Wisconsin football game dressed as President Obama with a noose around his neck. He also described hearing racial slurs, facing assumptions he doesn’t belong on campus and having the police called on him while waiting for an Uber.
The players ended their message with “On Wisconsin.”
— Nigel Hayes (@NIGEL_HAYES) November 8, 2016
— Sarah Nurse (@nursey16) November 8, 2016
— Dcota Dixon (@DcotaDixon1) November 8, 2016
The University of Wisconsin’s official account quote-tweeted Hayes’ statement with the message “We’re listening to our students and our student-athletes. Thanks for your honesty and commitment to Wisconsin.”
We’re listening to our students and our student-athletes. Thanks for your honesty and commitment to Wisconsin. https://t.co/qXbPGzmxA6
— UW-Madison (@UWMadison) November 8, 2016
Hayes, the Big Ten’s preseason Player of the Year, has been vocal about perceived injustices in the past, particularly with regard to the NCAA. Last month, he held up a sign at College GameDay describing himself as a “broke college athlete.”