Miami football coach Manny Diaz continues to lead way on social causes

MIAMI, FLORIDA - NOVEMBER 09: (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FLORIDA - NOVEMBER 09: (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) /

Head coach Manny Diaz has continued to support the Miami football players with his latest tweet about the protests taking place in Kenosha, Wisconsin this week.

Manny Diaz continues to get the importance of the protests to the Miami football players as part of dissent that has been happening all summer following police shootings in multiple communities. Diaz sent out a very poignant tweet on Wednesday night referencing the boycotts by professional athletes.

All three NBA playoff games and games in MLB, MLS and the WNBA were canceled on Wednesday night following the Milwaukee Bucks initiating a boycott of their games against the Orlando Magic. Milwaukee is 35 miles from Kenosha where Jacob Blake who was reportedly armed with a knife was shot seven times in the back.

Diaz has shown great leadership this summer on response to the multiple protests and supporting his players during the Black Lives Matter movement and how the Miami football program has handled Covid-19. In just a few months Diaz has built a tremendous amount of trust with his players and coaching staff.

On Wednesday night Diaz called out those who in his words hide behind “what-about-ism” on social media. Diaz has tackled an issue that might be uncomfortable because he knows it is important to his players. Many college football coaches across the country have failed their players this summer.

Several Miami football players posted tweets in support of the movement started by the Bucks. Offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee joined the cause started by the Bucks with a retweet by Hurricanes quarterback D’Eriq King. With the Miami football season two weeks away, expect the outcry to get stronger.

Agree or disagree with what is happening nationally, Diaz and the Miami football staff have continued to show how strong they are in being united with the Hurricanes players. What is happening right now with the widespread protests and power of social media is unprecedented.

Next. Miami has great leadership while FSU continues missteps. dark

All the missteps in other places can work in favor of the Miami football program in recruiting in the future. Diaz has constantly said that recruiting is about building relationships. Among younger coaches, no one is showing that relationships between the staff and players are more important than Miami has this summer.