Oklahoma State LB Amen Ogbongbemiga Says He's Tested Positive for COVID-19

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistJune 3, 2020

Oklahoma State linebacker Amen Ogbongbemiga warms up prior to an NCAA college football game in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Brody Schmidt)
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Oklahoma State linebacker Amen Ogbongbemiga announced Tuesday he has tested positive for the coronavirus after attending a protest in Tulsa:

Amen Ogbongbemiga @closedprayer

After attending a protest in Tulsa AND being well protective of myself, I have tested positive for COVID-19. Please, if you are going to protest, take care of yourself and stay safe.

The rising senior was a captain for the Cowboys last season and finished the year with 100 tackles and 15.5 tackles for loss.

Protests have been taking place nationwide over the past week after George Floyd, a black man, was killed while in the custody of four white police officers in Minneapolis responding to an alleged forgery. Derek Chauvin, who was shown on video pinning Floyd to the ground with his knee across Floyd's back and neck for nearly nine minutes, has been charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. 

None of the other officers at the scene have been charged.

There have been multiple days worth of protests in Tulsa, including Saturday on the 99th anniversary of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre.

The demonstrations have brought mass amounts of people together, which goes against social-distancing recommendations amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The virus has led to over 106,000 deaths in the United States, including 339 people in Oklahoma as of Tuesday, according to CNN.com.

Ogbongbemiga shared a personal message on social media Saturday amid the unrest.

Amen Ogbongbemiga @closedprayer

Just a thought. https://t.co/NqemM6VbW0

The linebacker was born in Nigeria before moving to Canada, eventually committing to Oklahoma State as a 3-star recruit in the 2016 class, per 247Sports.

He has exceeded expectations on and off the field, earning Academic All-Big 12 honors in each of the last three years. He was named second-team all-conference with his play last year, while Pete Thamel of Yahoo Sports called him "one of the top linebackers in the Big 12."


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