Buckeyes’ Towns kneels to protest friend’s death

Buckeyes’ Towns kneels to protest friend’s death

To protest his childhood friend’s killing by police in Columbus this week, Ohio State forward Seth Towns kneeled before his basketball team’s 90-85 victory over Notre Dame on Tuesday night in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

According to reporting by CNN, federal officials are now investigating the death of 23-year-old Casey Goodson — Towns’ friend — who was shot and killed Friday by Jason Meade, a local sheriff’s deputy, as Goodson entered his home. Meade reportedly said he saw a man with a gun prior to the shooting.

Goodson’s family’s attorney told CNN that Goodson had a concealed carry permit and was legally armed at the time of the shooting, but that Goodson had only a Subway sandwich in his hands when he was killed.

On the day Goodson was killed, Towns tweeted that he had grown up with Goodson in Columbus. Towns tweeted “Justice for Casey Goodson” with a picture of him kneeling before Tuesday’s game.

Towns, a Harvard grad transfer who has not yet played this season as he recovers from a knee injury, has been vocal in the wake of George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis on Memorial Day. He made national headlines in May when he was detained by police during a Black Lives Matter protest in Columbus.

After Floyd’s death, Towns was detained by police officers in Columbus after encouraging a crowd of peaceful protesters to “Say his name!” The crowd responded by yelling, “George Floyd!”

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