College football defensive end prospect Tyreke Smith created some buzz at Ohio State camp on Wednesday. He was wearing a T-shirt with “I hope I don’t get killed for being Black today” scrawled across the white background.
“I decided to wear the shirt because I wanted to bring attention to the epidemic of blacks being killed at an alarming rate,” Smith told Eleven Warriors. “What we would like to do is have people talk about these issues to reduce the murder rate of African-Americans.”
Smith, who has drawn interest from Alabama, Penn State, Florida, LSU, Notre Dame and Michigan, added to the Cleveland Plain-Dealer: “Whether people think that being black isn’t a task or not. Being the individual I am and the spotlight I have, I felt that people would get the message if I wore the shirt. Because if I’m being real, people are looking at me even when I don’t know and I knew they would see the shirt.”