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Florida State meets after DT Wilson accuses Norvell of lying

Field Level Media
05 Jun 2020, 04:55 GMT+10

A dispute within the Florida State football team over comments made by new head coach Mike Norvell was addressed during a team meeting Thursday, senior defensive tackle Marvin Wilson said on social media.

Late Wednesday night, Wilson accused Norvell of lying about his communication with the teamin the wake of George Floyd's death in Minneapolis, saying that the team was "outraged" and would "not be working out until further notice."

On Thursday, Wilson said in a video posted on Instagram that the Seminoles met as a team and came together to establish a few priorities moving forward.

In the wake of Floyd's death, which has sparked race-related protests nationwide, Norvell told The Athletic that he spoke individually with every player on the Seminoles roster. But Wilson said Wednesday night it never happened.

"We got a generated text that was sent to everybody. There was no one on one talk between us and coach. This is a lie and me and my teammates as a whole are outraged and we will not be working out until further notice," he posted on Twitter.

After Thursday's meeting, Wilson detailed three priorities that were agreed upon: having every player register to vote, holding fundraisers to help black students attend college and also raise funds for kids in Tallahassee, especially those battling poverty.

"Took a stand we got what we wanted we are moving forward!!!" Wilson wrote in his Instagram post. "I appreciate @coachnorvell for encouraging me to use my platform and speak for what me and teammates believe in. Be the change that you need when you was growing up and help build black communities up and take back what is ours."

In Wilson's video, he also praised former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick for protesting police brutality and offered a message to the black community.

"You are black, and you should be proud of that," Wilson said. "You stand for something and you mean something. You have a story to tell and a story that needs to be heard no matter what. You are special."

Thursday morning, athletic director David Coburn told the school's Board of Trustees that the team "held a meeting this morning that was candid and went well," tweeted Curt Weiler, the Seminoles beat reporter for the Tallahassee Democrat. Neither Norvell nor Coburn had yet to comment.

Redshirt freshman linebacker Kevon Glenn supported Norvell in a tweet later Thursday, writing, "We love our coach and we are together as a team. FSU football team and coaching staff is fine and working. See y'all in the fall."

In a statement earlier this week to The Athletic, Norvell said he discussed racial injustice and inequality with his players, one on one.

"We've had a lot of open communication with our team, our players and our coaches. I went back and forth individually with every player this weekend. And that was something that was important to me because this is a heartbreaking time in our country," Norvell said.

"I'm honored to have the opportunity to help make a difference," his lengthy statement concluded. "That's something that we definitely have talked about in a big-picture team approach, but also, more specifically, the individual and group conversations. We're trying to meet our guys at their need and be able to share some of the emotions that we're all going through."

Florida State started voluntary workouts on Monday, as permitted by the NCAA.

Wilson, a 6-foot-5 defensive tackle from Houston, was a team captain in 2019. He played nine games before suffering a season-ending hand injury and was named first-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference.

Florida State hired Norvell as its football coach on Dec. 8, 2019. The 38-year-old spent the previous four seasons as the head coach at Memphis, compiling a 38-15 record.

--Field Level Media

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