Duke basketball head coach Mike Krzyzewski gives powerful statement

Duke basketball head coach Mike Krzyzewski at answers questions at a press conference. /Getty Images)
Duke basketball head coach Mike Krzyzewski at answers questions at a press conference. /Getty Images) /

Duke basketball head coach Mike Krzyzewski has released a powerful video statement regarding the social injustices throughout the country.

As the United States of America is swept in protests regarding the recent racial injustices throughout the country, many head coaches, collegiality and professionally, have released statements regarding the issue.

A majority of the coaches have condemned all forms of injustice and are striving to create a better and more welcoming environment within their university, program, team, school, etc.

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Duke and head men’s basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski were one of those programs who released a statement and not many expected more from the Hall of Fame coach, but the team released a powerful message on Friday afternoon.

Krzyzewski, standing in his Team USA jacket, condemned all forms of racial injustices and violent and spoke to not only Duke fans, college basketball fans, or sports fans, but American citizens on the issue.

The first ten seconds of the video set the tone for the entire message as Krzyzewski challenged the viewers to say the term “Black Lives Matter”.

In the heartfelt and powerful message from Coach K, he also told a story about his time at West Point and how he often thinks back to that prayer the cadets learned in today’s circumstances.

The approximately three-minute video can be seen in its full length below:

Krzyzewski’s message on racial injustices dating back to June 1 can also be found below:

Past, present, and future players such as Tre Jones, Wendell Moore, and others have taken part in protests around the country as Moore organized a protest in his hometown of Concord, North Carolina.

The Director of Basketball Operations at Duke, Nolan Smith, appeared on the Packer and Durham show on the ACC Network on June 18 to also speak about the racial injuries that have recently transpired in the country.


All in all, it was truly a powerful statement from Mike Krzyzewski and the Duke basketball program on Friday afternoon.