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NONAMEPOSHTWTYRHOMETOWN (HIGH SCHOOL)0MICAH POTTERC6-9230FRMentor, Ohio (Montverde Academy)1JAE'SEAN TATEF6-4225JRPickerington, Ohio (Pickerington Central)2MARC LOVINGF6-7220SRToledo, Ohio (St. John Jesuit)3C.J. JACKSONG6-2170SOCharlotte, N.C. (Eastern Florida State)4DEREK FUNDERBURKF6-9210FRLakewood, Ohio (Hargrave Military Academy)10DAVID BELLC6-10225rSOCleveland, Ohio (Garfield Heights)13JAQUAN LYLEG6-5210SOEvansville, Indiana (IMG Academy)14JOEY LANEG6-1175SODeerfield, Ill. (Deerfield)15KAM WILLIAMSG6-2180rJRBaltimore, Maryland (Mount St. Joseph's)24ANDRE WESSONF6-6190FRWesterville, Ohio (South)32TREVOR THOMPSONC6-11250JRIndianapolis, Ind. (Virginia Tech)33KEITA BATES-DIOPF6-7235JRNormal, Ill. (University High)

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"(A protest) ... that’s something that as a team, we haven’t talked about but if we are to do something, I would like to do it as a team." -- Ohio State junior Jae’Sean Tate

If the Ohio State men’s basketball team chooses to protest during the national anthem this season, it will do so as a team.

That was the message from junior forward Jae’Sean Tate, the team’s emotional leader, during the Buckeyes’ media day last week inside their practice gym. With NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick kneeling during the anthem and other athletes following suit or raising fits in the air to draw attention to racial injustice in America, Tate said using a platform afforded by their sport is something the Buckeyes are considering.
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“On that note, I mean, definitely I have an opinion,” Tate told The Dispatch. “Coach (Thad) Matta would be behind me wholeheartedly if I decide to voice it. That’s something that as a team, we haven’t talked about but if we are to do something, I would like to do it as a team. We haven’t had our team meeting about it yet, but if we do decide to do something this year it will be a team effort.”

Adding intrigue to the situation: Ohio State opens the 2016-17 season at Navy as part of the 2016 Veterans Classic.

Tate hasn’t shied away from the issue on his Twitter page. Although he hasn’t posted any direct statements on gun violence or police shootings, he has retweeted many other people who have. Most recently, Tate retweeted a video Sept.27 of a woman fighting back tears and making an impassioned plea for nearly two minutes for equality and an end to violence against blacks.

The fatal shooting of black 13-year-old Tyre King by a white Columbus police officer Sept. 14 was something Tate said has been on the mind of all the Buckeyes.

“It’s just, not to get too into it, but it definitely is a problem,” he said. “We have problems from these states and it’s happening here in Columbus and it’s affecting us. There’s some people on this team who have been personally affected by this, so it’s definitely an important matter but as of us taking a stand, it will be a team thing. And as a team, there wouldn’t be anybody who would decide differently.”

Also last week, Virginia point guard London Perrantes posted a photo on Twitter of the entire Cavaliers team with arms locked kneeling around midcourt with the caption, “Kneel for Injustice. Kneel for Equality. Using our platform to help creat change. TOGETHER!”

The tweet has been pinned to the top of his Twitter page.

Ohio State will play at Virginia as part of the Big Ten-ACC Challenge on Nov. 30.

Tate said he would consider kneeling for the anthem but stressed that any actions would be collective.

“I would talk to Coach and my teammates,” he said. “I don’t want to do anything that, I wouldn’t even say make them mad, but I definitely think it’s an issue that needs to be talked about in the future but I won’t make any comments until I’ve talked to my team and if we do decide to do something it will be as a team.”

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