Canadian linebacker Amen Ogbongbemiga contracted the coronavirus amid peacefully protesting in the United States.
The Calgary native was in Oklahoma at a rally following the senseless murder of George Floyd, which happened in Minneapolis, Minnesota on Monday, May 25.
White police officer Derek Chauvin pressed his knee into Floyd’s neck for over eight minutes while he was handcuffed and restrained on the ground. The 46-year-old black man told Chauvin repeatedly: “I can’t breathe.” However, the pleas were ignored by Chauvin and it resulted in Floyd losing his life.
After attending a protest in Tulsa AND being well protective of myself, I have tested positive for COVID-19. Please, if you are going to protest, take care of yourself and stay safe.
— Amen Ogbongbemiga (@closedprayer) June 3, 2020
Ogbongbemiga enjoyed a breakout 2019 season at Oklahoma State University as the Cowboys defensive captain. As a junior, the Notre Dame High School product recorded 100 total tackles, 15.5 tackles for loss, five sacks, intercepted one pass, forced one fumble and recovered another. He set a career-high with 12 tackles against Texas A&M University in the Texas Bowl and added a sack and a fumble recovery.
The six-foot-one, 231-pound tackler was the recipient of OSU’s Leslie O’Neal Award as OK State’s Defensive MVP. He has developed into a sideline-to-sideline linebacker with outstanding quickness and speed plus the ability to pursue in the open field.
Ogbongbemiga was a second-team All-Big 12 selection by the coaches and first-team academic All-Big 12 honouree, the third time in three seasons he’s earned that distinction. The 21-year-old is a top Canadian prospect for the 2021 NFL and CFL drafts.