Syracuse Orange Basketball: Westboro Baptist Church to Protest Florida Game

Andrew PreglerContributor IIINovember 30, 2011

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 23:  Baye Moussa Keita #12 of the Syracuse Orange runs past head coach Jim Boeheim of the Syracuse Orange during a game against the Virginia Tech Hokies at the 2011 Dick's Sporting Goods NIT Season Tip-Off at Madison Square Garden on November 23, 2011 in New York City.  (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
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In a recent twist of events, the Westboro Baptist Church has decided to protest the Syracuse-Florida game this Friday. This game is a marquee game featured on ESPN as part of the Big East-SEC Challenge. 

For anyone going to the game, I urge you not to antagonize this group. I understand that this is a huge game to begin with and that fans will already be riled up, along with those devoted who are already camping outside Gate E. 

But it will be best for all parties if everybody simply respects each others' views. I worked at a news station this summer that covered a funeral that was protested by this group. It is best for everyone, regardless of your political and religious views, to simply not engage them.

This is just the beginning of backlash against the university and the basketball program. However, as Jim Boeheim reiterated at his press conference following the Eastern Michigan contest, there are no charges, no arrests nor any grand jury indictment of any kind yet.

No matter what the evidence may point to at this time, it is important to keep that point in mind when talking about this matter. There is still information that has be looked at and examined for the sake of discovering the truth and justice for all involved. 

These last two weeks have been completely insane for all on campus thanks to this scandal. The Westboro Baptist Church's protest is going to be an interesting climax to end this week. Syracuse Orange fans on campus will have to get used to these situations as the saga continues.