In light of the racially charged protests that became violent in Charlottesville, Virginia on Monday, Virginia basketball coach Tony Bennett delivered a message of hope.
The video was posted by the Virginia basketball twitter handle on Tuesday.
— Virginia Men's Basketball (@UVAMensHoops) August 16, 2017
His comments echo the sentiments delivered earlier this week by coach Bronco Mendenhall, the universities football coach.
The incident left one protestor, and two officers dead. With no real answers, and lacking convincing leadership from the highest office, the tensions have continued to mount between the two sides involved in the protest. More protests are scheduled to come, with one anticipated at the University of Florida.
Gators football coach Jim McElwain has already issued a statement that the University of Florida understands the rights of free speech, but does not condone the violence and radicalism that escalated to fatal extremes in Virginia. The “Alt Right” group is expected to hold their next rally at the UF campus.
College coaches across all of the major sports have come out and issued cogent and considerate statements regarding the horrific violence, encouraging people to eschew violence in all its forms.