Florida State head coach Mike Norvell has been in a bit of hot water this week. After tweeting a statement saying he had individual conversations with every one of his players surrounding the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Seminoles defensive lineman Marvin Wilson was quick to refute the statement, saying that events did not occur in the way the coach described.
On Thursday, Wilson put together a three-minute IGTV post to circle back on the controversy. He stated three proposals Norvell has made in oder to help the team, the Tallahassee community, and the entire country. He also offered a strong message about how powerful an education can be, and that he wants to allow the younger generation coming up behind him to be afforded the same opportunity that he was.
All told, it sounds like everyone's getting along again. Breathe a sigh of relief, FSU fans.
After Wilson posted his video, Norvell himself came out with an additional statement commending him using his platform to express himself sincerely. Norvell also clarified the conversations that he had with his team in lieu of the killing of the Floyd and the ensuing protests.
Yep, it sounds like the hatchet is truly buried.
We need moments like this to remind ourselves that there is a light at the end of the tunnel, and that people really can find common ground without demonizing one another. Wilson’s ability to use his platform to amplify a positive message is a useful first step. Norvell coming out and supporting a player who called him out was the perfect response.