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.