A senior running back in Indiana is catching absolute hell on social media after a photo seemingly shows him throwing up a gang sign.
Martinsville High School football player Austen Frye is going viral on social media as many have him throwing up “the rakes,” which is a hand sign used by Gangster Disciples gang members.
He has his hand turned down, so he is actually “dropping the rakes,” which is a diss to the gang and could get you seriously hurt if you run into the wrong people.
With so much hoopla surrounding the photo, the Metropolitan School District of Martinsville was forced to send out a statement to clear things up.
“The Metropolitan School District of Martinsville has been made aware of a social media accusation regarding a perceived gang sign that was used in a senior athletic banner. The hand gesture in question was made in an attempt to show half of a heart, similar to what can be found on TikTok posts. The negative perception on social media is inaccurate.
The Martinsville High School Football program has a motto of ELITE, and the pillar “L” stands for Love. The football program has bought into the pillar of love, and it has been demonstrated individually and between teammates. Players have demonstrated this bond after big plays in the shape of a heart between players. Programs around the country have used similar mottos, and those pillars become a bond for the team.
No attempt was made by player, program or school to promote gang activity, violence or to offend. The MSD of Martinsville takes these accusations against the student body seriously, and local police have been contacted regarding the incident and any threats made. Thus, for the protection and security of our students and staff, there will be additional Martinsville Police Department presence visible before, during, and after school outside of the building and athletic venue.”
That statement was via the Athletic Director, Kip Staggs.
Hopefully that will clear things up for things really get out of hand.