Marvin Wilson took to Twitter and Instagram on Thursday afternoon to explain why he spoke out but just as importantly to detail solutions moving forward that he and his Florida State teammates will take.
“Yesterday I took a stand that was not only for me and FSU football, not even athletes in general, it’s for big George Floyd, and black people in general, for the oppression we have been going through for over 400 years,” Wilson said.
Wilson took issue with how coach Mike Norvell characterized the communication between him and players. After a team meeting on Thursday morning, Wilson said “we met as a team together.”
He also outline three things that he and teammates want to do moving forward.
“First, everybody on the team is going to be a registered voter,” Wilson said. “We’re going to have our say so in the next election.”
Wilson also outlined a goal of having fund-raisers to send more black kids to college. “We need more doctors, we need more lawyers, we need more politicians,” Wilson said.
Last, Wilson wants players to do fund-raisers and help Tallahassee youth.
Norvell released a statement on Thursday afternoon: “I’m proud of Marvin for utilizing his platform to express his reaction to my comments in an earlier interview. Last Saturday evening, I sent a text to each player individually to present an opportunity for open communication with me. Many members of our team chose to respond and have more in-depth conversations about issues and feelings. Marvin is right. It was a mistake to use the word “every”. Particularly at this time, words are important, and I’m sorry. Once again, I am grateful for the opportunity that I was given to speak to our team more in-depth as a result of Marvin being willing to express his feelings. We will continue to communicate and work together to be part of the solution making our world a better place for ALL.”
An FSU spokesperson also released the original text that Norvell sent out on Saturday: “Good evening (name) I wanted to shoot you a short message sorry I can’t send video cause I’m driving. I wanted to let you know that Maria and I are praying for every coach & player as well as for our country. For all those that have been victims of hateful actions, discrimination, prejudice and disrespect we lift them up in our thoughts and seek justice. We live in an unfair and volatile world but I want you to know that you are loved & counted on to make a difference for our country’s future. I know there is anger and strong feelings that come with each day and every experience but please know better days are ahead because of YOU. Be safe and please always know we are here for you as coaches and staff if you ever need to talk. You have a tremendous platform as member of our Nole Family. Let’s be different and let our actions be heard in Service, Sacrifice, and Respect. Thank you for opportunity to coach you and stand by your side can’t wait to see you tomorrow night in zoom meeting!”
We encourage you to watch the full video of Wilson below: