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Athletes and Coaches React to AD’s “All Redbird Lives Matter” Comment

Written by on August 27, 2020

Photo courtesy Redbird Athletics

NORMAL, Ill.  – Redbird athletes and coaches took to social media to express their frustrations over a statement made by ISU Athletic Director Larry Lyons. Lyons is quoted saying, “All Redbird Lives Matter.”

The statement was taken as a play on words from the Black Lives Matter Movement’s opposition “All Lives Matter” by several athletes and coaches.

Mary Wood, Track & Field Associate Head Coach, spoke out against the statement on social media.

Multiple coaches showed support towards athletes stating they stood with them. Track and field athlete Mya Robinson tweeted against the statement and replied to Coach Wood explaining her frustration.

Other Athletes also responded to Coach Wood expressing what they thought made the statement so offensive.

Illinois State University Alum and now cornerback for the Denver Broncos Davontae Harris quoted the student-athletes demonstrating his support.