The Nebraska basketball team is coming together to take a stance against racism, after a white nationalist on campus released a disturbing video disparaging Martin Luther King Jr., African-Americans, Mexicans and all people of color.
The student, Daniel Kleve, bragged about his participation in the deadly Charlottesville rally and claimed to be the most active white nationalist in the Nebraska area while encouraging violence.
As a result of the controversy, the Cornhuskers will be wearing shirts that read “Hate Will Never Win” before today’s game against Rutgers at Pinnacle Bank Arena.
The team is also reportedly planning a Public Service Announcement to denounce racism.
”The No. 1 thing, our guys realize they are in a place to make a great impact,” head coach Tim Miles said, via the Associated Press. ”The exposure over the next six weeks, their message can be strong and they can have a positive impact on our campus community.”
Huskers Athletic Director Bill Moos echoed support for the players.
“I fully support the positive and unified message our men’s basketball team is sharing. I’m proud of our student-athletes for taking a stance against hate, prejudice and racism and I want them to know that the safety and well-being of all our student-athletes is our top priority.”
”I’m proud of the guys,” Miles added. ”I’m glad they’re willing to take a stand against prejudice, hate and racism. We want to make this a positive thing going forward, and I think we can make a difference.”
Nebraska players reportedly briefly discussed a boycott of Saturday’s game, but they came to an agreement that the shirts and video would be a more effective approach.
Players also took to social media to tweet “Hate will never win” simultaneously.
— Kelly Mosier (@kmosier42) February 9, 2018
The shirts will debut ahead of today’s game which is set to tip-off at 4:00 p.m. ET.