Sean Miller became the latest Arizona Wildcats coach to address the death of George Floyd, issuing this statement via the men’s basketball Twitter account:
I am deeply saddened by the senseless act that cost George Floyd his life several days ago. Unfortunately, this incident reflects a bigger issue in today’s society: racism. The hatred that accompanies racism destroys everything in its path. There is no place for it anywhere in the world.
In sports, we learn many valuable lessons that carry us throughout our lifetime. The ability to work cohesively together, overcoming adversity, demonstrating sportsmanship, and defining the meaning of being a great teammate all become part of us.
However, there are no lessons learned without the complete understanding that we RESPECT each other at all time—regardless of race, color, gender, religion or national origin.
We then can become a Family, solving our problems together and completely depending on each other as we compete as one.
I fully support all our players that are active in promoting positive changes to society in a peaceful and meaningful manner. I look forward to listening to them, and I am committed to working together with them to do my part to help create a better future.
I hope our great university, the city of Tucson, the state of Arizona and our country can find peace and togetherness through these difficult and emotional times.