Kentucky basketball player Keion Brooks Jr. supports changing name of Rupp Arena

Keion Brooks – photo from Athletics

basketball standout . said he backs a push by black faculty members in the school’s African American and Africana Studies department to change the name of . The group recently requested the change, saying ’s legacy is tied to a history of racism and discrimination.

Brooks, a member of the National Association of Basketball Coaches Player Development Coalition, averaged 4.7 PPG last season. He said he’s still gathering more information about Rupp but stated that he supports a name change.

“Being honest, I haven’t educated myself well enough on Adolph Rupp or just the whole situation at hand to really give you my thoughts on it,” said Brooks, who is also a member of the Council on Racial Equality and Social Justice. “From what I do know, I would like to see a name change just basically because of what his name is and what that’s connected to and what that kind of represents. I would like to see a name change.”

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