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UPDATE: Women’s basketball player’s indefinite suspension reversed

After Knox women’s basketball player junior Ariyana Smith was suspended indefinitely from the team for protesting at a basketball game in Clayton, Mo. on Saturday, Knox has decided to reverse the suspension.

On Tuesday, the college released a statement announcing the reversal of the suspension upon reviewing the situation in light of a national context. According to the statement, “the College deeply appreciates the many viewpoints expressed by the women’s basketball team and their thoughtful dialogue as we sought to arrive at a resolution that considered all perspectives.” The Office of Communications refused further comment.

At the beginning of the game against Fontbonne University in Clayton, Mo., Smith performed a “hands up don’t shoot” gesture and lay on the ground in protest of the grand jury announcement to not indict Ferguson police Darren Wilson, who fatally shot unarmed 18-year-old Mike Brown last August.

Smith was on the floor for approximately four and a half minutes, a video posted online indicated. Her coach repeatedly asked her to move so the game could begin, and Smith eventually stood up, made a Black Power salute with her fist and left the gym.

The Office of Athletics was not immediately available for comment.


Kate Mishkin
Kate Mishkin is a senior majoring in English literature and minoring in journalism. She started working for TKS as a freshman and subsequently served as managing editor, co-news editor and co-mosaic editor. Kate is the recipient of four awards from the Illinois College Press Association for news and feature stories and one award from the Associated Collegiate Press. She won the Theodore Hazen Kimble Prize in 2015 and 2014 and the Ida M. Tarbell Prize in Investigate Journalism in 2014. She has interned at FILTER Magazine, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and WGIL radio and the Virginian-Pilot.

Twitter: @KateMishkin

Tags:  ariyana smith black power Darren Wilson Ferguson fontbonne university grand jury knox athletics mike brown st. louis women's basketball

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