To protest his childhood friend’s killing by police in Columbus this week, Ohio State forward Seth Towns kneeled before his basketball team’s 90-85 victory over Notre Dame on Tuesday night in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.
According to reporting by CNN, federal officials are now investigating the death of 23-year-old Casey Goodson — Towns’ friend — who was shot and killed Friday by Jason Meade, a local sheriff’s deputy, as Goodson entered his home. Meade reportedly said he saw a man with a gun prior to the shooting.
Goodson’s family’s attorney told CNN that Goodson had a concealed carry permit and was legally armed at the time of the shooting, but that Goodson had only a Subway sandwich in his hands when he was killed.
Justice for Casey Goodson pic.twitter.com/EpTl1vlou9
— Seth 💤 (@seth_towns17) December 9, 2020
On the day Goodson was killed, Towns tweeted that he had grown up with Goodson in Columbus. Towns tweeted “Justice for Casey Goodson” with a picture of him kneeling before Tuesday’s game.
Towns, a Harvard grad transfer who has not yet played this season as he recovers from a knee injury, has been vocal in the wake of George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis on Memorial Day. He made national headlines in May when he was detained by police during a Black Lives Matter protest in Columbus.
Broken hearted this morning to learn that a young man I grew up with and one of the most kind-hearted people I’ve ever known, Casey Goodson, was killed by a Columbus Police veteran and current US Marshal yesterday. https://t.co/3mwFMsP1JI
— Seth 💤 (@seth_towns17) December 5, 2020
After Floyd’s death, Towns was detained by police officers in Columbus after encouraging a crowd of peaceful protesters to “Say his name!” The crowd responded by yelling, “George Floyd!”
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