The University of Kentucky football team has been the subject of a massive outpouring of support from around the world after a team photo posted on the university’s official Twitter account on Saturday night showed the team kneeling before a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee.
The team posted the image after a student who is black posted on Twitter that the team was being unfairly targeted and that they should take a knee.
The tweet was retweeted more than 20,000 times, and was shared on social media by several prominent Kentucky sports figures including Wildcats basketball coach John Calipari and Kentucky basketball players.
Kentucky tweeted an apology for the photo, saying it was taken “out of respect for our nation and our team, and to the people of our state.”
The university said in a statement on Saturday that the image is not in keeping with the tradition of our university and is not a representative of our football team.
“The image that was posted was a poorly executed photoshop job that we are very proud of and will never be allowed to repeat,” the university said.
The University and Kentucky Athletics are working with the National Guard and local law enforcement to find the person who took the photo.
Caliparian said that the University of Louisville is not at war with anyone.
“We don’t need to go and do anything we can to try to make any of these things disappear,” Caliparius said.
“They’re trying to make a statement.
But we have the right to do what we want.
We’re just trying to do the right thing and keep the traditions alive.”
Caliparians team has not commented on the image but the team tweeted Saturday evening that “we’re trying hard to find out who took it.”
The image is one of several in recent days that have sparked protests and even violence on the campus.
A group of men have been arrested for vandalizing a Confederate monument outside of the football team’s practice facility.
“If you’re not black, you’re a terrorist,” one of the protesters, Marcus Allen, told The Associated Press in February.
“This is not just about the people that are in this building.
This is about our country and what we stand for.”
The protests and violence have been fueled by the recent arrest of former Louisville football player and convicted felon DeAndre Jackson for allegedly attacking a white woman.
The woman, Ashley Lewis, told the AP that Jackson repeatedly grabbed her by the throat, threatened to rape her and threatened to kill her and her family.
The arrest prompted protests across the nation.
On Saturday, several hundred people gathered at the Louisville Statehouse to call for Jackson’s release.
Jackson was charged with assault with intent to kill after a black man accused him of kicking him in the head during a bar fight.
The Associated States Attorney for the Western District of Kentucky filed a hate crime indictment against Jackson on Monday.
The AP reported that Jackson is in a hospital awaiting extradition to Kentucky.
The university’s president, Jimmy Cheek, said the team is working to figure out what the source of the image was and how to correct it.
“I’m sure they have a message for the person that took it, but I would ask that they come back and speak with us and let us know what they did,” Cheek told reporters.
“Obviously, we want to do everything we can and support the cause and what they’re trying do, but we’re going to have to go through this to get it right.”
Cheek added that the university is aware of the controversy surrounding the photo and has a number of security measures in place.
“There’s some very strong, very clear, very detailed security measures,” Cheeks statement said.