Florida State defensive tackle Marvin Wilson said early Thursday that he and fellow Seminoles team members will boycott team workouts, frustrated by first-year coach Mike Norvell's handling of the nationwide protests from George Floyd's death.
According to a quote tweeted by a reporter for The Athletic, the 38-year-old coach claimed he sat down with each player on an individual basis. Wilson said that hasn't happened at all by his count.
"Man this did not happen mane," Wilson tweeted early Thursday morning. "We got a generated text that was sent to everybody. There was no one on one talk between us and coach. This is a lie and me and my teammates as a whole are outraged and we will not be working out until further notice #hunchoout."
Messages left by USA TODAY Sports to the Florida State athletic department on the matter were not immediately returned.
The death of Floyd, who died after a Minneapolis police officer held his neck down with a knee for eight consecutive minutes, has sparked outrage and nine days of protests across the country. Many sports figures have spoken out against police brutality and systemic racism.
Norvell, who is white, took over at Tallahassee after a four-year stint at Memphis. He inherited the program from Willie Taggart, who coached FSU for two unsuccessful seasons. Taggart is African American.
Man this did not happen mane. We got a generated text that was sent to everybody. There was no one on one talk between us and coach. This is a lie and me and my teammates as a whole are outraged and we will not be working out until further notice#hunchoouthttps://t.co/6Uuy6K7Eu3— HEAD HUNCH (@marvinwilson21)June 4, 2020