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UPDATE: Women’s basketball player’s indefinite suspension reversed

After Knox women’s basketball player junior Ariyana Smith was suspended indefinitely from the team for protesting at a basketball game in Clayton, Mo. on Saturday, Knox has decided to reverse the suspension.

On Tuesday, the college released a statement announcing the reversal of the suspension upon reviewing the situation in light of a national context. According to the statement, “the College deeply appreciates the many viewpoints expressed by the women’s basketball team and their thoughtful dialogue as we sought to arrive at a resolution that considered all perspectives.” The Office of Communications refused further comment.

At the beginning of the game against Fontbonne University in Clayton, Mo., Smith performed a “hands up don’t shoot” gesture and lay on the ground in protest of the grand jury announcement to not indict Ferguson police Darren Wilson, who fatally shot unarmed 18-year-old Mike Brown last August.

Smith was on the floor for approximately four and a half minutes, a video posted online indicated. Her coach repeatedly asked her to move so the game could begin, and Smith eventually stood up, made a Black Power salute with her fist and left the gym.

The Office of Athletics was not immediately available for comment.


Tags:  ariyana smith black power Darren Wilson Ferguson fontbonne university grand jury knox athletics mike brown st. louis women's basketball

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Kate Mishkin is a junior majoring in English literature and minoring in journalism. This is her first year as managing editor, after having served as co-news editor and co-mosaic editor. Kate is the recipient of two awards from the Illinois College Press Association for news and feature stories and one award from the Associated Collegiate Press. In 2014 she won the Theodore Hazen Kimble Prize and Ida M. Tarbell Prize in Investigate Journalism. During the summer of 2014, she will be interning at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

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