Ohio State forward Seth Towns was detained by Columbus police Friday during a protest over the death of George Floyd.
School spokesperson Dan Wallenberg confirmed to ESPN's Myron Medcalf that Towns, a graduate transfer from Harvard, was detained briefly but not arrested during the protest.
Eleven Warriors provided video from the situation:
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Footage of Seth Towns in police custody earlier Friday at the scene of a protest in Columbus. Towns, an incoming Ohio State basketball transfer, graduated from Harvard Thursday. Towns is no longer in police custody and is safe at home, according to a source. https://t.co/kFptHH63BN
Towns later took to Twitter to discuss his situation:
Ohio State head coach Chris Holtmann released a statement on the situation:
Floyd died Monday after being physically restrained in the custody of Minneapolis police by an officer driving his knee into Floyd's neck for over eight minutes while he was handcuffed and facedown on the ground. A video from a witness showed Floyd repeatedly telling the officer he was unable to breathe.
Four officers shown in the video were fired. Derek Chauvin, who was shown kneeling on Floyd's neck in response to an alleged forgery, was arrested Friday and charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter, per Brian Ries of CNN.
The situation has sparked nationwide protests over Floyd's death and racial inequality.
Towns' presence at Friday's rally in Columbus came one day after he graduated from Harvard:
Seth 💤 @seth_towns17
Today, I graduate from Harvard with a B.A. in Sociology. I celebrate this achievement not for my own ensuing yield, but for the beacon of light I may become for those following me. City League -> Ivy League. So excited for what’s to come. Who’d have thought? https://t.co/2oGdBWBV6F
Crimson head coach Tommy Amaker released a statement about his former player:
Holtmann told Medcalf he's been in contact with the forward.
"I did talk to Seth last night," he said. "He's back at his apartment. We had a great conversation."
Towns, a Columbus native, averaged 16.0 points, 5.7 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game for Harvard during the 2017-18 campaign. He missed the last two seasons because of injuries.
He'll be eligible to play for Ohio State during the 2020-21 season, should it take place amid the coronavirus pandemic.