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Virginia players, coaches react to George Floyd, systemic racism, and ensuing protests

Bronco Mendenhall, Tony Bennett, and Malcolm Brogdon among those speaking out.

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Over the past week, many current and former Virginia coaches and players have taken to social media to make statements about the death of George Floyd after Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes. Demonstrations sprung up across the country to protest the systemic racism, oppression of black Americans, and escalation of police brutality that led to the deaths of Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor over the past several months.

Peaceful protestors also marched in Charlottesville over the weekend.

Here is what some Virginia coaches and players had to say:

Virginia Football Head Coach Bronco Mendenhall

Mendenhall: “Like so many before him, Mr. Floyd’s death was the preventable product of a system that too often treats black Americans as targets for suspicion, oppression, and violence.”

Read the full statement here:

Virginia Basketball Head Coach Tony Bennett

Bennett: “Words cannot adequately capture the pain and sadness we are witnessing due to all of the social injustice that so many people of color have faced for so long. My mind and heart are telling me that as a white man, talk is cheap.”

Read the full statement here:

Virginia Football Wide Receivers Coach Marques Hagans:

Former Virginia Basketball player Malcolm Brogdon:

Brogdon and former teammate Justin Anderson joined Jaylen Brown of the Boston Celtics in a peaceful protest on the streets in Atlanta. He addressed the crowd, mentioning his grandfather that marched alongside Martin Luther King Jr. in the 1960s.

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Brogdon also joined ESPN’s The Jump with Rachel Nichols to discuss his part in the protests:

Virginia Football Offensive Line Coach Garett Tujague:

Virginia Football Inside Linebackers Coach Shane Hunter:

Former Virginia Football quarterback Kurt Benkert:

Former Virginia Basketball player Kyle Guy:

Former Virginia Football cornerback Bryce Hall:

Virginia Football offensive tackle Ryan Nelson:

Former Virginia Basketball player London Perrantes:

Virginia Football linebacker Charles Snowden: