Son of Dayton Flyers men’s basketball coach arrested during George Floyd protest

Son of Dayton Flyers men’s basketball coach arrested during George Floyd protest

DAYTON — The son of Dayton Flyers men’s basketball coach Anthony Grant was arrested Saturday night as he joined protesters in response to the death of George Floyd.

Anthony Grant Jr., 24, was arrested at 10 p.m. for misconduct at emergency, riot, disorderly conduct and obstructing official business, all misdemeanor charges which have since been cleared, according to the county jail’s website.

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Reports indicate he is in custody at the Montgomery County Jail where he was booked early Sunday morning around 12 a.m.

In a statement to the Dayton Daily News, Coach Anthony Grant said, “As a father of three boys and one daughter, I’ve always tried to educate my children to understand that they have freedom of choice, but not freedom from the consequences of their choices."

"As his father, I stand proud of his willingness to stand for what he believes is right and worthy. As an African-American father, I am also very aware of the risk of health, life, and future opportunities he is faced with in a society that marginalizes men of color and especially those with a history of priors with law enforcement. Injustices like what we as a nation have most recently witnessed with George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery or Central Park bird watcher Christian Cooper, leave me and millions of other fair-minded human beings with a lot of emotions to process. I ask that my family be allowed to address the consequences of my son’s decisions as a family and with the same degree of privacy and respect you would want for your own.