Husker Basketball Team Takes a Stand Against Racial Injustice

Aug. 28, 2020, 11:15 a.m. ·

Grad Transfer Kobe Webster speaks in front of the Husker basketball team Thursday. (Photo courtesy UNL Athletics)

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Professional athletes from a myriad of sports leagues, including the NBA, have chosen not to play as protest the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

In Lincoln on Thursday, Nebraska basketball players and head Coach Fred Hoiberg also took a stand, dressed in all black, and spoke out against racism and racial injustice.

Husker grad transfer Kobe Webster was one of two Husker players to speak at length.

"This is not a political fight," Webster said. "This is about being a decent human being. Hate is such a strong word that unfortunately is used and acted on too much in today's world. We know we're not going to change everything that is going on by standing here today. The goal for us is simply to make our community and our state stand behind us and not accepting these injustices as okay and turning a blind eye."

Another Husker player, Teddy Allen said in his speech: "No more hashtags. Only change.” After the killing of George Floyd in Minnesota by police in May, the Husker basketball team put out a statement against racial injustice.