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UW responds to student-athletes call to action, Nigel Hayes not entirely satisfied

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MADISON, Wis. (WKOW) -- The tension felt from election season and the current social climate  has reached a boiling point for many UW student-athletes, including basketball star Nigel Hayes. 

Less than 24 hours after the election, Hayes spoke to local media about a range of issues outside the court, from his feelings regarding the presidential election to the controversial costume worn by a fan at Camp Randall Stadium. 

On October 29, a season ticket holder was spotted wearing a prison jumpsuit, a mask of president Barack Obama, and a noose wrapped around his neck. The fan was asked to remove the noose, and later, was removed from the stadium. The university initially issued a statement regarding the situation, but certain athletes, like Hayes, felt as if it wasn't enough. Those athletes turned to Twitter to demand their school's leaders take action. The message, typed out in white letters with a red background, detailed their personal struggles as minorities playing for a major University. The now-viral message that has been shared more than 7,000 times. 

"I mean, it's a nice response. It's kind of like putting a band-aid over something, " Hayes told reporters on Wednesday, "You know they kind of made a mistake with their first response. It was kind of nonchalant and sweep it under the rug.The flack they got back from that, especially us members of UW, they had to come up with something else. You know, I guess it's nice to put out there, maybe it's comforting for some people. Good to see they made a statement about it."

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