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Brandin Echols speaks out on racism in Mississippi

The Kentucky defensive back is from a Mississippi suburb of Memphis.

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Kentucky Wildcats cornerback Brandin Echols is the latest athlete and Mississippi native to speak out on racism issues in the Magnolia State.

Echols took to Twitter Tuesday to defend Mississippi State running back Kylin Hill, who said he would not play for the University until the state changed their state flag that features the Confederate States of America flag.

“I already had It in my mind I was gone leave that racist state,” said Echols, a native of Southaven, Mississippi. “Mississippi don’t deserve all the talent walking around there, whole state ungrateful. Colleges in MS (Mississippi) don’t even recruit in state players like they suppose to until it’s to late or make us a last option.”

Echols continued to say he does not regret being from the state, but the only reason he ever claims it as home is so he can see his younger friends attend college “somewhere better.”

Before transferring to UK last season, Echols spent two seasons at Northwest Mississippi Community College.

These are strong words from the Kentucky corner as the country continues to see several fight for racial injustice.