Kentucky basketball standout Keion Brooks Jr. said he backs a push by black faculty members in the school’s African American and Africana Studies department to change the name of Rupp Arena. The group recently requested the change, saying Adolph Rupp’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 SEC 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.”