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Friday / September 18.
  • Ohio State’s Seth Towns and Chris Holtmann, Harvard’s Tommy Amaker issue statements after Towns is detained by police in George Floyd rally

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    By ADAM ZAGORIA

    Ohio State guard Seth Towns and his head coach Chris Holtmann, along with Harvard coach Tommy Amaker, have all issued statements after Towns was detained by police Friday night at a rally in Columbus, Ohio to support George Floyd.

    Floyd, 46, died Monday while in the custody of Minneapolis police. Former officer Derek Chauvin was charged Friday with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in Floyd’s death.

    “In a span of just 24 hours, I walked across a Harvard virtual graduation stage into the back of police van alongside other peaceful protestors-both of which I am equally proud of,” Towns said Saturday in a several tweets.

    In a video posted by Eleven Warriors, Towns is seen shouting, “Say his name” at the protest, while others respond, “George Floyd.”

    As Towns is arrested, one protester says, “He wasn’t touching anybody.” Another yelled, “That is a Harvard graduate right there!”

    On Saturday, Holtmann and Amaker, Towns’ former coach at Harvard, both issued statements supporting Towns, a grad transfer who graduated from Harvard and is immediately eligible at Ohio State this season.

    Amaker offered his own statement.

    “I am aware that recent graduate Seth Towns was detained last night at a rally in Columbus, Ohio,” Amaker said. “I fully support, and am proud of, Seth in his continued fight for social justice, a cause that near and dear to his heart since he arrived on campus four years ago. We, as a program, always encourage our players in their efforts to stand up for their beliefs and for what is right.”

    He added: “I want to express my condolences and heartbreak for all of those impacted by George Floyd’s senseless death. “Let’s demonstrate support and empathy for all communities impacted – specifically communities of color, and the many men and women in law enforcement who do protect and sever honorably and with respect.

    “This is a very challenging time for our country. We need unity now more than ever.”

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.