Marvin Wilson was outspoken, sparking conversation. And through subsequent meetings, a greater understanding and bond has been created.
“Most definitely,” the senior defensive tackle said on the ACC Network’s Packer & Durham show on Monday morning. We really came together. It was just a different vibe around the team. We got closer. Sometimes families feud. But this time that stuff really helped us grow closer. Getting more comfortable with our coaches going forward. We grew as a team that day.”
Wilson said the players initially discussed among themselves the wording of coach Mike Norvell’s tweet to the Athletic, which in particular referenced a one-on-one conversation with every FSU player. According to Wilson, a number of players took issue with the wording and sent texts or direct messages through social media about it. Wilson’s post went up early Thursday morning.
“I’ll be the one, since I’m the leader of the team, to speak on it,” Wilson said. “That night I didn’t get any sleep. I was up all night. People were calling me.”
Wilson said he and Norvell talked first on the phone and then later at Doak Campbell Stadium prior to the team meeting at the indoor practice facility (players were spaced apart to keep them safe). Norvell apologized and expressed his feelings toward us. “It came from the heart,” Wilson said.
And what now?
“Now we’re moving forward,” Wilson said. “… The standard I took was never to be disrespectful to coach Norvell but we can be on one accord moving forward.”
Wilson and FSU teammates also want to bring about substantive change. He has outlined three goals: registering to vote, helping raise funds to send more blacks to college and being more active with Tallahassee youth.
“Anybody can make videos and post it about how they feel about what’s going on in the world,” Wilson said. “It takes action.”
Wilson was also asked what advice he would give to college athletes across the nation.
“Use their platform,” Wilson said. “They are bigger than just the athlete. You have a voice. And a voice that needs to be heard.”
Lars-Woodbey speaks out, details plan
Defensive back Jaiden Lars-Woodbey spoke about racism, police brutality and systemic oppression in a two-part video he posted on Twitter on Monday afternoon.
“My goal is that you join the fight with me, my teammates and my coaches so we can make a meaningful, collective change that we have failed to do for over 400 years,” Lars-Woodbey said.