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Maryland students protest inside, outside Xfinity Center during Virginia game

Maryland students protest inside, outside Xfinity Center during Virginia game
Terps fans before the game against Virginia at Xfinity Center. (Tommy Gilligan, USA Today Sports)

As the Maryland basketball team slumped to its first loss of the season without top players Dez Wells and Evan Smotrycz, students both inside and outside the arena made headlines.

Protests popped up all over the country after a grand jury did not indict a New York City police officer for choking a man, Eric Garner, on the street as he told the office he couldn't breathe.

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Like in the protests over the lack of an indictment for the shooting of another African-American man, Michael Brown, in Ferguson, Mo., the students took action against police brutality, this time using the platform of the Big Ten-ACC Challenge to get a message across.

Students organized a "die-in" outside the basketball arena, which included Maryland football player Deon Long posing with a sign asking: "Are we still thugs when you pay to watch us play sports?" with the hashtag, #blacklivesmatter.

Additionally, students inside the Xfinity Center chanted "No means no" at the Virginia basketball team in reference to the scathing Rolling Stone article that painted the Charlottesville campus as one that turned a blind eye towards sexual assaults.

Our own Don Markus pointed out before the game that it seemed like a livelier, fuller crowd than in recent years. Add more socially responsible to that, as well.

(H/T Deadspin)

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