On Saturday, President Vincent Price released a statement regarding the death of George Floyd and the recent events in Minneapolis and across the country. Over the past few days, some of the most notable members of Duke Athletics have joined him.
Men's basketball head coach Mike Krzyzewski released a statement Monday afternoon, posted on the team's official Twitter account.
"I have been trying to find eloquent words to explain my thoughts regarding the recent acts of injustice in our country, but I cannot be eloquent about this," the statement began. "I am too emotional. I am angry! I am frustrated! I am disgusted and frankly, I am scared. "
The full statement can be found below.
Women's basketball head coach Joanne P. McCallie also released a statement Monday afternoon.
"We are all hurting," McCallie wrote. "We are living in challenging times. The incredible tragedy and death of Mr. George Floyd is beyond evil and devastating at all levels. As human beings, we cannot accept this action, nor any action of this nature, that we all know has occurred in the past. These events are not new and have been impacting generations of Black families in horrific ways."
Krzyzewski and McCallie's words come a day after football head coach David Cutcliffe released a statement of his own.
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"I'm not much of a fan of tweeting my opinions on social issues. I don't see my thoughts as being important to anyone," Cutcliffe wrote. "But, I am sad. I'm a child of the 50s and 60s and I know we haven't made enough progress in the area of racial relations."
Saturday afternoon, Duke Vice President and Director of Athletics Kevin White also released a statement on the events.
"To be sure, the recently heightened occurrences of racial and social injustice are disappointing, disturbing and fundamentally repugnant," White wrote. "In this time when obstacles appear greater than before, we must rise to the challenges of enhancing our commitment to honoring our neighbors of all backgrounds with warranted respect, building communities with a foundation of trust and inclusion, and preparing our great nation for future generations that will look to history—our present—as a road map for their endeavors. "