According to the Canadian Press on Wednesday, Oklahoma State University linebacker Amen Ogbongbemiga of Calgary, Alberta has tested positive for coronavirus. Ogbongbemiga says he caught the virus after protesting for racial equality in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Protests are happening throughout the United States and the world at the moment after George Floyd of Minneapolis was killed last week. Floyd, an African-American. died after being knelt on the neck by police officer Derek Chauvin, who is Caucasian, during an arrest. Chauvin, and the three other police officers at the scene of the crime were fired. Chauvin has since been charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter.
Unfortunately, the protesting has been going on at a time when the world is in the worst pandemic we have had in a century. I understand for many it is critical to protest peacefully, but at the same time, if you are not feeling well, you must realize at this time that you may be putting many lives at risk.
After testing positive, Ogbongbemiga said the following, “Please, if you are going to protest, take care of yourself, and stay safe.” Ogbongbemiga had 63 tackles, five sacks, one forced fumble and one interception for the Cowboys in 2019.
There are currently 6,805 cases of coronavirus in Oklahoma. There are also 341 deaths in the state.