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Tennessee to wear black jerseys vs. Kentucky in honor of Black Lives Matter

Tennessee is making special plans for the Kentucky game and I can’t even make fun of them because it’s actually a pretty cool idea. This morning, Vols head coach Jeremy Pruitt told reporters that the team is talking about wearing black jerseys for the game vs. Kentucky in Neyland Stadium on November 7 and auctioning them off to raise money for Black Lives Matter.

“When the game is over with, (we want to) find a way to auction the jerseys and raise money for Black Lives Matter,” Pruitt said, via KnoxNews. “That is one thing our kids have talked about. It is something that is going to continue to be stressed within our staff. With Tee [Martin]’s leadership and the guys within our program, there’s lot of really good ideas we can help improve and use our platform to create change.”

While Tennessee is usually a stickler for tradition, the Vols have worn black jerseys before, back in 2009 vs. South Carolina on Halloween.

KNOXVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 31: Montario Hardesty #2 of the Tennessee Volunteers carries the ball during the game against the South Carolina Gamecocks at Neyland Stadium on October 31, 2009 in Knoxville, Tennessee. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Earlier this year, Brian Niedermeyer, Tennessee’s inside linebacker coach, called for the team to bring back the black jerseys, tweeting out this mock up:

I’m sure Tennessee won’t be the only team honoring the Black Lives Matter movement this season; in fact, it’s already happening in other sports. On Tuesday, the English Premier League kicked off with players wearing jerseys with “Black Lives Matter” across the back instead of their last names:

(Photo by SHAUN BOTTERILL/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Considering Mark Stoops and the Kentucky Football team participated in a protest wearing Black Lives Matter t-shirts a few weeks ago, I’m sure the program will do something similar. Or, the Cats can make sure those jerseys are truly historic by beating the Vols in Neyland for the first time since 1984.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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18 Comments for Tennessee to wear black jerseys vs. Kentucky in honor of Black Lives Matter

  1. SuperTroy18
    1:10 pm June 18, 2020 Permalink

    I thought just about every team would look cool in alternate black jerseys; but those ‘09 Vols unis look AWFUL next to that orange. No wonder they didn’t make it a regular thing.

    • Rocket868
      3:41 pm June 18, 2020 Permalink

      If UK announces they will be wearing a “Blue Lives Matter” Jersey to Honor cops, then one of two things will occur. Our players will voluntarily (Pun Intended) not play OR Tennessee will Kick our ass. Either one I am down for. :-)… Oh by the way… #ALLJobsMatter

    • Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
      3:50 pm June 18, 2020 Permalink

      I’m not disagreeing Rocket just asking a question. Wouldn’t the exact implications of your statement indicate that jobs matter more than lives?

  2. AirForceOne
    1:23 pm June 18, 2020 Permalink

    Kentucky will be wearing the Blue Lives Matter jerseys this season. Go Cats!

    • TPACAT
      1:52 pm June 18, 2020 Permalink

      It wouldn’t surprise me one bit if that’s the very reason they picked the game against us (“Big Blue”) to wear them…

    • Rocket868
      3:41 pm June 18, 2020 Permalink


    • T-Town Cat
      8:37 am June 19, 2020 Permalink

      A “pretty cool idea”, Mrs. TT, to raise money for a group that rioted, looted, burned, and vandalized your city (Nashville) multiple times over the past few weeks? The office building where I work was evacuated, shutdown, and locked down early twice and employees were told to get out of town by 3:00 in the afternoon for their safety.

  3. CahillsCrossingNT
    1:52 pm June 18, 2020 Permalink

    Tennessee will win no matter what they wear against Kentucky, in football or basketball.

  4. madarchitect
    1:58 pm June 18, 2020 Permalink

    Who was there the last time UK beat the Vols in Neyland Stadium?

    • UKFanSC
      2:02 pm June 18, 2020 Permalink

      I think Jefferson Davis was there.

  5. jaws2
    2:40 pm June 18, 2020 Permalink

    And Florida is stopping the ‘Gator Bait’ chant; the worlds gone mad!

    • Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
      3:53 pm June 18, 2020 Permalink

      That was a stupid saying, bait implies something that is used to capture or kill an animal and lots of people in the SEC belt eat gator.

  6. Ned T.
    5:06 pm June 18, 2020 Permalink

    I guess that is where we are in the US—honor a group comprised mostly of criminals who loot, riot, and burn. It’s the sexy thing to do, doncahknow.

    Sheesh. Why not honor the 700 police officers who were injured trying to stop these creeps from destroying other people’s property?

  7. Jambluehue99
    5:22 pm June 18, 2020 Permalink

    The world has been turned on its head. Up is down, right is wrong, and everyone is running to join a cause about which they are willfully ignorant. I bet most the players, coaches, and their yes men don’t know half of what BLM advocates for. And if they do know it’s even worse that they support it. There’s no such thing as recreation anymore. Everything has to be political and you get this liberal rotgut shoved down your throat merely for trying to be a fan of a sports team. I don’t care what their politics are, just play the game.

    • TPACAT
      6:04 pm June 18, 2020 Permalink

      Yep. You can’t watch ANYTHING anymore without the politics. And you’re correct, one can only hope these people supporting BLM are ignorant of their agenda. If not, a whole helluva lot of people were taught to hate their country in college…

    • Wakecrash
      11:33 pm June 19, 2020 Permalink

      Yep, well said. clever name too, cause if you say anything bad about the organization you’re a racist, a radicals dream.

  8. CrystalBall
    6:07 pm June 18, 2020 Permalink

    Speaking of politics, wonder why KSR hasn’t had a story about the death of Congressman Barr’s wife.

  9. channell
    8:14 pm June 18, 2020 Permalink

    I am shocked that any school would choose this organization to honor. This organization was formed after the Trayvon Martin shooting. In it’s infancy it probably had good intentions. But today it’s time to expose the Black Lives Matter movement for what it is: a racist, violent hate group that promotes the execution of police officers. So how can a school possibly condone this action. It’s all about pandering to the black athletes on the team. Again I am shocked that they would do this. Someone from that university needs to do some research concerning this organization.