A day after Wisconsin student-athletes released a statement on racial and social injustice, athletic director Barry Alvarez on Tuesday expressed his support for them.
In a statement shared on Twitter, Alvarez said he was proud of the Badgers’ Nigel Hayes and other athletes sharing a statement on Monday night:
“I could not be more proud of our student-athletes who have the courage of their convictions to speak out about their experiences and about societal issues that are important not only on our campus but all across our country. I look forward to meeting with our student-athletes in the hope that, together, we can take action to create positive change.”
On Monday, Badgers players shared a statement speaking out against injustice they’ve experienced, including hearing racial slurs:
“Many people believe that student-athletes of color are immune to the racial injustices that affect other students of color on campus. However, our experiences are not shielded by the ‘W’ we wear on our chest, our experiences are one in the same.”
— Nigel Hayes (@NIGEL_HAYES) November 8, 2016
At a Wisconsin home football game this season, a fan dressed in a Barack Obama mask while wearing a noose, prompting the university and Alvarez to condemn the act. The school reportedly took away the season tickets from those involved.
— Wisconsin Badgers (@UWBadgers) November 8, 2016