Mississippi State AD John Cohen issues statement following NCAA's decision to ban all championship events from the state
John Cohen isn’t backing down from his stance when it comes to his belief that the state of Mississippi needs to change its flag.
The Mississippi State AD issued a new statement on Friday after SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey called for the state of Mississippi to change its flag and the NCAA announced it will expand its ban on holding championship events in the state until the flag is changed.
Mississippi is the only state that is affected by the NCAA’s decision to ban states from holding any championship events due to the use of the Confederate flag.
Here is the statement issued by Sankey on Thursday.
“It is past time for change to be made for the flag for the state of Mississippi. Our students deserve an opportunity to learn and compete in environments that are inclusive and welcoming to all.”
“In the event there is no change, there will be consideration to precluding Southeastern Conference championship events from being conducted in the State of Mississippi until the state flag is changed.”
NCAA president Mark Emmert issued the following statement on the issue on Friday.
“Competing in an NCAA championship is a special experience for college athletes who compete at the highest level and we are grateful for the college athlete voice leading to this decision. We must do all we can to ensure that NCAA actions reflect our commitment to inclusion and support all our student-athletes. There can be no place within college sports where any student-athlete is demeaned or unwelcome.”
Following those statements, Cohen issued his continued support for changing the state of Mississippi’s flag.
“Again, it is unfortunate that our hard-working student-athletes, staff and coaches could be potentially affected by something beyond their control, but we understand this is much bigger than athletics. As previously stated, we will continue support for this long overdue change.”