Ohio State men’s basketball coach Chris Holtmann has published a statement on his personal Twitter page expressing his shock and sadness at the "senseless violence to unarmed and defenseless black men."


Holtmann posted the statement Friday morning as the nation continues to react to the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police Monday. He posted it to Twitter along with a quote from the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. that said, "An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity."


You can read the full statement below.


"An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity." Martin Luther King Jr. pic.twitter.com/xu0lPBVM1t

— Chris Holtmann (@ChrisHoltmann) May 29, 2020

Holtmann is not the only member of the men’s basketball program to share thoughts on the topic this week. Assistant coach Terry Johnson, who is one of the black staff members Holtmann referenced, posted this to Twitter on Wednesday.


Tired. Of it all. #icantbreathe https://t.co/dJSL9lCWTs

— Terry Johnson (@CoachTLJohnson) May 27, 2020

Junior guard Justin Ahrens, too, made his first post to Twitter since April 5.


100%. It’s really a sick world we live in & something gotta change. I was raised to spread PEACE LOVE & POSITIVITY. Regardless of your skin color, political power, how much money u have etc. We get ONE chance at this thing called life & I watched a man die face down in cuffs? Smh https://t.co/kW97MJGjpt

— Justin Ahrens (@ahrensjustin12) May 28, 2020

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