LSU Athletics’ leaders respond to George Floyd’s death

When LSU athletes talk, Baton Rouge—and the rest of the nation—listens.

Sports are obviously not the forefront of priorities at the moment. But many local athletes who have become household names across Tiger Nation have used their high-profile platforms to speak out against the issues facing our community and our country.

Here’s what some current and former Tigers had to say in response to George Floyd’s death, as well as the nation’s civil rights issues as a whole.

Editor’s note: We’ll continue to update this story as new information arrives.

LSU coach Ed Orgeron:

“My players and former players are hurting, and they let me know they’re hurting. When they’re hurting, it hurts me. I love all my players like they were my own. I know some are hurting right now, and I totally support them. I will not tolerate racism, and they know it. I told (the players) my feelings, which stays in house, but they know I will not tolerate racism. Everybody has a right to voice their opinion. We’re not going to stop that. I told them to be careful.” —quotes from Orgeron’s interview with Sports illustrated.

LSU Football on Twitter:

LSU basketball coach Will Wade:

Former LSU quarterback Joe Burrow:

Former LSU defensive back Grant Delpit:

Current LSU wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase:

Former LSU safety, current ESPN analyst Ryan Clark:

Former LSU defensive back Tyrann Mathieu:

Former LSU wide receiver Jarvis Landry:

Former LSU safety Jamal Adams:

Former LSU football coach, current Kansas coach Les Miles:

LSU assistant basketball coach Bill Armstrong:

Former LSU basketball player Skylar Mays:

LSU gymnastics coach D-D Breaux:

LSU softball coach Beth Torina

LSU women’s basketball:

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This article was originally published in the August 2020 issue of 225 magazine.