Trayvon Martin Photo Used for No Hoodie Policy at Ohio State University

In Summary

Former Ohio State head football coach Urban Meyer confirmed a Trayvon Martin photo was used, but he blamed a staffer. 

A former Ohio State University football player shared a thread on Twitter detailing his “career as a young Black college athlete at the highest level,” which included the university using a Trayvon Martin photo to institute a building-wide “no hoods” policy. 

In an interview with The Columbus Dispatch, Meyer said he knew nothing about the photo of the slain Martin until the player, Marcus Williamson, detailed it in his Twitter thread. 

Meyer then blamed a staffer for the photo. However, the former OSU coach who was fired by the Jacksonville Jaguars 14 games into his first season as the head coach, previously said the incident never happened

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“I didn’t know about it until one hour ago, until after talking to [Powell],” Meyer said Tuesday. “I wasn’t there [in the meeting]. None of the coaches were present. It was a support staffer who was in error and apologized.”  

Martin, 17, was shot and killed by neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman in 2012. The slaying was one of the first high-profile case to ignite what became the Black Lives Matter movement. 

In one of Williamson’s tweets, he said Meyer told him “he’d ‘ruin my f—- life’ if he ever caught me smoking.”  

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The former OSU athlete did not use the word racism, but he did tweet “POP QUIZ: What American industries rely on free black labor for the lucrative benefit of white men?” 

However, Meyer feels otherwise. 

“My biggest thing is you use that ‘R’ word [racism] and it doesn’t matter if it’s true or not, people run with it,” Meyer said. 

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