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Alabama's Nick Saban Speaks on Protests: 'We Must Come Together as a Society'

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistMay 31, 2020

Alabama football coach Nick Saban watches as Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa announces his intentions to declare for the 2020 NFL football draft, Monday, Jan. 6, 2020, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (AP Photo/Vasha Hunt)
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Alabama Crimson Tide head football coach Nick Saban released a statement Sunday following the death of unarmed civilian George Floyd after video showed Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin kneeling on his neck for nearly nine minutes. 

His statement comes after nationwide protests and confrontations between police and protestors. Saban urged in his statement that people "must come together as a society and treat one another with respect and dignity":

Alabama Football @AlabamaFTBL

https://t.co/VM2V73k6aG

Saban wasn't alone in releasing a public statement on the matter. Michigan Wolverines head coach Jim Harbaugh discussed Floyd's death during a Thursday appearance on The Rich Eisen Show.

"Well, today I'm very upset about the George Floyd death," he said (h/t Aaron McMann of MLive.com). "That's kind of got me preoccupied today. I'm just very [upset]. Horrendous. I'm just watching right now and I'm looking forward to there being an investigation and charges. That's completely outrageous."

Rich Eisen Show @RichEisenShow

Like so many of us, @UMichFootball @CoachJim4UM is "very upset" about the death of George Floyd and is glad to see those with big platforms speak out: cc: @KingJames @Kaepernick7 https://t.co/mdkX03VpWR

Chauvin has since been arrested and charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. 

Other coaches and athletic directors around college football have released statements as well:

James Franklin @coachjfranklin

#WeAre https://t.co/u5EFJuOifc

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Wisconsin Badgers @UWBadgers

Statement from Director of Athletics Barry Alvarez https://t.co/KS8Al5aFsr

Mario Cristobal @coach_cristobal

I learned a lot from listening to our Leadership Council today. https://t.co/soLEtIPQXF

Ryan Day @ryandaytime

“Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are.”

Lincoln Riley @LincolnRiley

I ALWAYS stand with my players and I am thankful that I was raised in a home that taught me that no human, regardless of race, religion, or any other factor...should ever be treated differently...we have a long ways to go as a society- I am committed to being a part of the change

Coach Kirby Smart @KirbySmartUGA

Just my thoughts https://t.co/PMUB6y9e7J

Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence also made public remarks on Twitter:

"There has to be a shift in the way of thinking. Rational must outweigh irrational. Justice must outweigh injustice. Love must outweigh hate. If you put yourself in someone else's shoes and you don't like how it feels—that's when you know things need to change.

"I'm siding with my brothers that deal, and continuously deal, with things I will never experience. The injustice is clear... and so is the hate. It can no longer be explained away. If you're still 'explaining' it—check your heart and ask why."

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