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WVU Football Social Action Group Asks Fans ‘Cheer For Me No Matter Where I Am’

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The West Virginia University football team’s Social Action Committee for Change published a video Wednesday morning asking fans for support as the 2020 season is set to begin for the Mountaineers during a period of unrest around the nation but also among WVU fans on social media.

The committee — made up of 10 players featured in Wednesday’s video: linebacker Josh Chandler-Semedo, receivers T.J. Simmons and Ali Jennings, quarterbacks Jarret Doege and Garrett Greene, center Chase Behrndt, kicker Casey Legg, punter Evan Matthes and safeties Osman Kamara and Alonzo Addae — asked fans to support the Mountaineers on an off the field.

WVU’s players asked Mountaineer fans for respect and support as football players, but also as neighbors, businessmen, young fathers and, “the young Black man who has to face America head-on every day.”

West Virginia safeties coach Dontae Wright also shared a link to the video.

There has been a noticeable opposition on social media to West Virginia players taking stands on social issues that support racial equality in recent weeks. Last week, defensive lineman Dante Stills post a photo of a Black Lives Matter sticker on the back of his helmet that he intends to wear this season. Stills’ photo received a lot of push back from some people online who took aim at the Black Lives Matter organization. Several of Stills’ teammates also posted to show support for him and to highlight some of the more negative and nasty reactions sent to WVU players.

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Tom has spent the last decade as a sports journalist based in West Virginia, most recently as the WVU beat writer for the Charleston Gazette-Mail and with previous stops at the Charleston Daily Mail, the (Fairmont) Times West Virginian and the Daily Independent in Ashland, Kentucky. He was born and raised in Cross Lanes, West Virginia -- where he currently resides -- and is a 2010 graduate of the W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Marshall University.

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