North Carolina big man Armando Bacot has been outspoken on social media about the racial injustice and protests surrounding the murder of George Floyd. And in a team meeting with the rest of his fellow Tar Heels this week, Bacot expressed himself further, and revealed afterwards that his teammates were able to have a productive conversation about what is happening in America.
One thing that Bacot stressed is the fact that players were challenged to use their platforms more often to speak up about what they believe in. Since these guys represent a brand as notable as UNC basketball, Bacot wants to make sure his teammates are getting involved in any way possible.
Bacot wants to make sure that his teammates at UNC are being sincere with what they have to say, too. Saying something is an important first step, but being able to act on that statement is where the real work starts.
Once the protests began following the murder of George Floyd, Bacot was quick to notice how blanket statements were used in order to protect people at a certain status.
For UNC, this will no longer be the case. Playing for such an historic program and one of the greatest coaches of the modern era in Roy Williams, the Tar Heels players have the right support system in place in order to let their voices be heard. Led by Bacot, Carolina will look to keep pushing the conversation forward in terms of next steps following the protests that are happening.