Kevin Sumlin 'proud' of Texas A&M for cancelling on-campus white nationalist rally
In the wake of the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, last weekend, more white nationalist rallies have been scheduled throughout the country.
One was supposed to take place on Texas A&M’s campus on Sept. 11, but that event was canceled by school administration, citing a “major security risk.”
Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin addressed the canceled “White Lives Matter” rally with reporters on Saturday, complimenting the school’s administration for making the decision to not allow the protest to happen on campus.
Sumlin told ESPN.com that he’s proud of the school for standing up and preventing what could be a violent protest in College Station:
“I’m really proud of [the school’s decision],” Sumlin said. “I was thankful and very, very proud of Chancellor [John] Sharp and our president to put an end to it.
“[This is a time] when leadership comes to the front, and our leadership did that. We’ve talked about that as a team too, and our appreciation for our leadership to step in. It’s big for the players, big for our coaching staff — it’s big for everybody.”
Based on what happened in Charlottesville last weekend, when a woman was killed after a car plowed into a group of counter-protesters, it’s no surprise that Texas A&M decided a protest shouldn’t be held on its campus.