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Ohio State basketball player Seth Towns was detained by police Friday during a protest in Columbus, Ohio.

In a video posted online by Eleven Warriors, Towns shouted "Say his name!" 

"George Floyd!" the crowd replied. 

Ohio State spokesman Dan Wallenberg told ESPN that Towns was briefly detained but not arrested. He was released Friday and returned 真人百家家乐官网网站home, Buckeyes coach Chris Holtmann told ESPN. 

Floyd died Monday in Minneapolis in police custody. His death has sparked protests against racial injustice and police brutality across the country. He was 46. Derek Chauvin, the white police officer who knelt on the neck of Floyd, who is black, was fired earlier this week and charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter on Friday. 

In a video posted on Twitter, Towns' minute-long message focused on the importance of action over words. 

"In the span of just 24 hours, I walked from a Harvard graduation virtual stage to the back of a police van, both of which I am equally proud of," he said. 

As a graduate transfer, Towns will be immediately available to play for the Buckeyes next season. With the Crimson in 2019-20, Towns averaged 10.6 points per game with 5.7 rebounds. 

"We fully support our players' right to peacefully protest," Holtmann, the Ohio State coach, said in a statement. 

Harvard coach Tommy Amaker released a statement through the team about Towns' detainment, saying in part:  

"I fully support, and am proud of, Seth in his continued fight for social justice, a cause that has been near and dear to his heart since he arrived on campus four years ago." 

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