Statement from Missouri safety Ian Simon

Our main message is to distract from the narrative that has been out in the media. It's not about us, we just wanted to use our platform to take a stance for a fellow concerned student on an issue, especially being as though a fellow black man's life was on the line. Due to the end of the Hunger Strike, we will be ending our solidarity strike to not practice and returning to our normal schedule as football players. It is a privilege to be playing on the University of Missouri's Football Team and we are very thankful for this opportunity. We love the game, but in end of the day, it is just that; a game. Through this experience, we've really began to bridge that gap between student and athlete in the phrase student-athlete by connecting with the community and realizing the bigger picture. We will continue to build with the community and support positive change on Mizzou's campus. Though we don’t experience everything the general student body does and our struggles may look different at times, we are all #ConcernedStudent1950.

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