Notre Dame coaches, athletes respond to George Floyd's death on social media

Carter Karels
South Bend Tribune

Several former and current Notre Dame coaches and athletes have taken to social media to air their grievances in wake of George Floyd's death. 

Derek Chauvin, a 44-year-old white man serving as a Minneapolis police officer, is in custody and has been charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter for his involvement the day Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, died on May 25. 

For more than eight minutes — as seen on a video that circulated social media  — Chauvin kept his knee on Floyd's neck. Players and leaders within Notre Dame's athletic department have joined the wave of athletes and celebrities publicly demanding for justice as mass riots and looting occur across major cities in America.

Head football coach Brian Kelly and his 10 assistant coaches are among those within Notre Dame's athletics department who have shared tweets or retweets related to the Floyd news and/or the topic of race on their personal Twitter pages. The official Twitter accounts for Notre Dame football and Notre Dame athletics also joined them. 

The following Irish football players have also shared tweets or retweets related to those topics on their personal Twitter pages: running backs Jafar Armstrong, Kyren Williams and Jahmir Smith, safeties Houston Griffith and Litchfield Ajavon, defensive ends Daelin Hayes, Isaiah Foskey, Ovie Oghoufo and NaNa Osafo Mensah, cornerbacks Shaun Crawford, KJ Wallace, Isaiah Rutherford, Nick McCloud and Ramon Henderson, linebacker Jordan Genmark Heath, nose guard Jacob Lacey, rover Paul Moala, defensive tackles Jamion Franklin, Myron Tagovailoa-Amosa and Jayson Ademilola, wide receivers Braden Lenzy, Ben Skowronek, Javon McKinley, Xavier Watts and Micah Jones and kicker Jonathan Doerer.  

The social media posts from former and current Irish coaches and athletes are attached below. Check back later for updates on more posts. 

Orem (Utah) High's Kingsley Suamatai, a 2020 offensive lineman, reported a Notre Dame scholarship offer on Dec. 17.