FSU star Marvin Wilson — a projected 1st-round pick in the 2021 NFL Draft — says he’s boycotting team workouts after he claims his coach lied about individually speaking with players in the wake of George Floyd’s death.
“Me and my teammates as a whole are outraged and we will not be working out until further notice,” the defensive lineman said Wednesday night.
Here’s the backstory … FSU head coach Mike Norvell was asked by The Athletic’s Tashan Reed about how he’s handling the unrest in America over Floyd’s tragic death with his Seminoles team.
In his answer, Norvell was quoted as saying, “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.”
But shortly after the coach’s comments were posted on social media … Wilson called B.S.
“Man this [crap] did not happen mane,” 21-year-old Wilson wrote. “We got a generated text that was sent to everybody. There was no one on one talk between us and coach.”
Several current FSU players — many of whom returned to campus this week after COVID-19 closures — backed Wilson’s response with retweets and emoji quote tweets.
In another part of the statement attributed to 38-year-old Norvell, he added, “I told these guys just how grateful I am to be a part of this journey with them because they are the future.”
The coach has not yet publicly commented on his star player’s allegations.
As for Wilson, a boycott of FSU is serious business … the team leader has a chance to be a top-10 pick in next April’s NFL draft — and is expected to be one of the best college football players in the country in 2020.