Ohio State Graduate Transfer Seth Towns Detained During Protest

Video Rating:
TV-G
Video Duration:
1:04

The day after Seth Towns graduated from Harvard, Towns was detained at a protest against police violence following the death of George Floyd. "In a span of just 24 hours, I walked across a Harvard virtual graduation stage into the back of police van alongside other peaceful protestors-both of which I am equally proud of," Towns said in a tweet Saturday afternoon.

Ohio State coach Chris Holtmann said, "We fully support our players’ right to peacefully protest. In the time I’ve gotten to know Seth, it’s clear that he has a heart for social justice," Holtmann said. "As I said in my statement yesterday morning, we will continue to openly discuss this within our program. We pray for safety in our city, state, and around the country.”

Video Transcript:

Ohio State basketball player Seth Towns was detained by local police officers at a protest on Friday in Columbus, Ohio. Now Towns is a graduate transfer from Harvard, and tweeted of the experience, quote, "In a span of just 24 hours, I walked across the Harvard virtual graduation stage into the back of a police van alongside other peaceful protesters, both of which I am equally proud of." Now Towns graduated from Harvard with a bachelors degree in sociology. His former Harvard basketball coach later tweeted that he fully supports Towns' continued fight for social justice, and that he was proud of his former player. 

The six-foot-seven forward average sixteen points and just under six rebounds last season before announcing his transfer to Ohio State, where he'll be immediately eligible next season. The protest is one of many across the nation in the wake of the death of George Floyd, who died as an officer knelt on his neck while in police custody in Minneapolis. Towns was detained briefly and was not arrested.