Big Ten Continues Discussions On Racism And Hate


While most of the attention on the Big Ten is dealing with the decision to cancel fall football and whether that move might be reversed, league commissioner Kevin Warren and conference administrators also remain focused on the issues of racism and hate. After the Memorial Day weekend killing of George Floyd and the nationwide protests that followed, the conference established the Anti-Racism, Anti-Hate Coalition. Former Buckeye basketball captain and 610 WTVN basketball analyst Tony White was selected to be part of Ohio State's delegation. In recent weeks, this issues of racism, social injustice and police brutality have come to the forefront again. The Kenosha, Wisconsin incident involving Jacob Blake, who was shot seven times in the back by police, has promoted a new wave of demonstrations and protests. The world of sports has been front and center, with player boycotts postponing NBA and NHL playoff games, as well as games in Major League Soccer and Major League Baseball. On the Joel Riley Show Wednesday morning, we talked with Tony about the work the Big Ten Anti-Racism, Anti-Hate Coalition is doing, how student-athletes are reacting, the possibility of demonstrations at the college level and Tony's reaction to the professional sports boycotts. We appreciate Tony joining us for what was a insightful discussion. If you missed it, you can listen to the interview by clicking here to go to Joel's podcast page.