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Mark Stoops addresses UK Football attending Black Lives Matter protest

The Kentucky Football program made me proud today, and I’m sure they did the same for most of the people reading this post right now.

On Friday afternoon – on what would have been Breonna Taylor’s 27th birthday – Kentucky head coach Mark Stoops, along with associate head coach Vince Marrow, Lexington Mayor Linda Gorton, and the football student-athletes collectively marched through downtown Lexington to protest the racial injustices in the United States.

During a time when some of his peers have remained silent, Stoops made sure to make a direct statement, something he doesn’t normally do. He was adamant about his decision to support the Black Lives Matter movement. As a person who is entrusted with the lives of mostly young black men, he understood his responsibility to step up and make his voice heard. For Stoops, this wasn’t a tough choice. Some have tried to come out and argue that Stoops made a hard decision when he elected to march, but that’s nonsense. He didn’t know any other way to go about this. Standing up for what is right should never be classified as a tough decision.

“We’re here to fight racism, to bring awareness, and to do our part,” Stoops told the media shortly after the march. “I think most of you know me, I keep things pretty tight to the vest with the media, but there’s no more of that on this issue. Everybody needs to get off the bench and make a difference, stand for something. We’re not going to tolerate any more racism and social problems. We want to make a difference and be a part of the solution. That’s why we’re here.”

On Friday evening, Stoops released a statement via his social media:

This afternoon, our team marched to the courthouse with two goals in mind – to show our support in the fight against racism and injustice and how to take steps to bring progress in our nation. One of those steps is to participate in our elections by registering to vote, which we will encourage our players to do when registration is open.

As a team, we stand together as a strong voice and renewed commitment to education, respect, unity, and positive, peaceful change.

We thank Mayor Gorton, city officials and police officers for joining us in our walk and thank all who stand with us.

#Black Live Matter

The outpouring of support following the march has come in all shapes and forms. Current and former players along with fans from all areas (even Louisville fans!) were quick to express their support for Stoops and the program. Just type Mark Stoops into the Twitter machine and see how many anti-UK fans start their comment by saying “Normally I hate UK, but…”

This is what a real leader of young men looks like. Stoops and Marrow aren’t just football coaches, they are people that fight for what they believe in. Simply put, they get it. And I couldn’t be happier that they represent the University of Kentucky.

Article written by Zack Geoghegan

Recruiting reporter for KSR. Follow me on Twitter: @ZGeogheganKSR

23 Comments for Mark Stoops addresses UK Football attending Black Lives Matter protest

  1. bbn cricket
    10:07 pm June 5, 2020 Permalink

    just trying to see if I could get in

  2. Jambluehue99
    10:33 pm June 5, 2020 Permalink

    Nothing more than caving to the PC crowd and those with selective outrage. If black lives matter, where are the protests for the black businesses that were destroyed in the riots? Where are the protests for the millions of black babies that never take their first breath due to abortion? Where are the protests for the black police officer from St Louis recently killed in he riots? Where are the protests for the slaughter of black people in Chicago day in and day out at the hands of other black people? If everyone is honest with themselves they have to admit the agitators pick and choose which black lives matter based on the ability to score political points. When it comes time for liberal polices to be held accountable for the negative impacts on black Americans there is deafening silence. When there is a chance to bludgeon America and claim it is irredeemably racist it’s all hands on deck and we have to burn it to the ground. The truth is all lives so matter, as they should. There are good and bad people in every ethnicity, profession, workplace, and any other group of people. That’s why the American way is to judge everyone by their own merits, not that of their neighbor, good, bad or otherwise.

    • BallDontLie
      10:41 pm June 5, 2020 Permalink

      I bet you thought this was such a smart, enlightened response.

    • itsfootballtimeinthebluegrass
      10:43 pm June 5, 2020 Permalink

      Everything said he said is true.

    • Jambluehue99
      10:58 pm June 5, 2020 Permalink

      Please enlighten us.

    • itsfootballtimeinthebluegrass
      10:43 pm June 5, 2020 Permalink

      True. But sadly no one will ever publicly agree. It’s a real shame.

    • Han
      11:11 pm June 5, 2020 Permalink

      I bet you also think the President was righteous in having those “terrorists” protesting outside the White House gassed and beaten so he could pretend to be Christian in a campaign ad.

      The number of blind, dismissive and hateful sentiments in your post is too great to address with actual depth in this forum, not that I believe you’d want to engage, as no one holds all of those views if they respect facts or have researched any of those subjects at all. And no, Breitbart, Fox News, and your buddies on Facebook don’t count as research. That’s all propaganda, unfortunately..

      People like you are a big part of why police brutality continues to be excused, which is exactly why these protests are happening across the country.

    • Jambluehue99
      11:23 pm June 5, 2020 Permalink

      Don’t be lazy, Han. Be specific. Maybe you don’t want to engage because you have no facts to prove mine wrong.

    • Jpcat15
      12:26 am June 6, 2020 Permalink

      You are absolutely 100% correct. I am embarrassed that the university and it’s coaches are buying in to this crap. It sickens me. What is happening here is actually fracturing the country in ways that I don’t believe will be fixable in the 20-30 years I may have left in this world. I worry about the future for my 2 kids in their 20’s. If you work hard, treat yourself and others with respect you will have a happy and productive life in the US, regardless of your race. If you are an idiot, you will struggle. It is really that simple. Nearly all cops are just trying to do their job and stay alive. Yes, there is a percentage of bad cops, just like other professions have poor performances. It really is a numbers game. Btw, the numbers do not show that cops are targeting minorities. This false narrative needs to go away.

    • Reese Davis
      1:16 am June 6, 2020 Permalink

      Spot on my friend.

    • 4everUKBlue
      6:43 am June 6, 2020 Permalink

      Jamblue is right, BLM is being funded and used by the elite for their political interests.

    • rockyou
      6:58 am June 6, 2020 Permalink

      Jam, you are exactly right, MLK would never have thought to divide people by skin color. Would the PC crowd support a WLM protest every time a white is killed by a black, which is a lot more often than the the other? I am sick of this crap, and with the NFL now saying it’s ok to kneel for the flag, I will NEVER watch it again. I served my country, but I didn’t make the ultimate sacrifice, and people that show respect for our flag are doing so to honor them. BLM doesn’t mean any more than ALM, and I for one won’t cave to this CRAP

    • 4everUKBlue
      7:16 am June 6, 2020 Permalink

      Better get right with God, the signs are everywhere, all you have to do is open your eyes to the things we do not want to see.

    • Cletis75
      1:49 pm June 6, 2020 Permalink

      Jamblue, we have had a difference of opinions on many things, but actual research can’t refute any of your above points. HAN, I served with people on the US parks police detail, and a couple secret service agents. The protesters were given a chance to stay, but decided to throw water bottles and soda bottles filled with concrete at Bill Barr when he tried to walk across the street. He told the parks supervisor to move them back being as they were not peaceful! They were given time to move back but chose to resist and not follow instructions. The parks police then deployed smoke bombs and used those pepper balls from the paintball guns. They weren’t tear gassed. Tear gas goes everywhere and lingers, pepper balls are easy to control. That’s why the president and associates didn’t have on gas masks. Do a little research and stop taking the “peaceful protesters” stories at face value. Just a few days ago the LMPD shot and killed an innocent BBQ man, only to find out that he was armed, firing at officers, while violating the curfew. Don’t be a sheep, think for yourself, don’t follow the mob, question everything, especially the mob!

  3. CombatMedic_98
    1:16 am June 6, 2020 Permalink

    All lives matter Coach…all colors being killed Daily…let’s be consistent and neutral…favor to one excludes the others murdered daily…just in case people forgot due to the evil of others

  4. Trekkev
    2:37 am June 6, 2020 Permalink

    Coach Stoops and Vince Marrow are dear friends, they grew up together. Stoops is not caving to the PC crowd or narrative. He’s simply a good man. The “Black Lives Matter” movement is saying black lives matter “also”. Black lives matter “too”. It’s NOT saying that “ONLY” black lives matter. It is a given that “ALL” lives matter. Venture outside of your comfort zone. Have a real conversation with a black man or woman. Ask questions, listen and learn. One love.

    This is a powerful video- Brown Eyes Blue Eyes Experiment-

    • Jpcat15
      7:19 am June 6, 2020 Permalink

      So, you think there are people that wake up everyday and think that Black Lives Don’t Matter? That is ridiculous. I certainly don’t know anyone that thinks like that.

  5. classof68
    9:17 am June 6, 2020 Permalink

    If Stoops didn’t address those in BLM who “want dead cops now” then he is just another anarchist. If he did and condemned that element then good for him. But I doubt he did.

  6. Shark
    12:37 pm June 6, 2020 Permalink

    I think Drew Brees found out that if you don’t agree with their narrative then your a racist. It seems no one is allowed a different opinion.

    • satcheluk
      10:22 am June 7, 2020 Permalink

      As they should. He recognized his mistake and apologized.

  7. satcheluk
    10:21 am June 7, 2020 Permalink

    Proud of coach Stoops and happy to hold the door for all you racist losers who want to turn in your fan card.

  8. You Can Call Me Cal
    1:52 pm June 7, 2020 Permalink

    If black lives matter equal to white lives, and you think we should be saying “All Lives Matter” then please explain to me why a black person is 13 times more likely to be killed by a police officer than a white person in Minneapolis where George Floyd was killed? That number is staggering.