VIDEO: FIU Basketball Players Protest Isiah Thomas' Firing With Walkout

Florida International's basketball team publicly protested the recent firing of head coach Isiah Thomas and his coaching staff by staging a walkout during the school's athletic banquet on Monday. As a speaker began discussing the team's "memorable moments" -- a generous adjective, given the Golden Panthers' 8-21 record -- the players provided the most memorable moment of all, leaving their seats and conspicuously walking out of the room. Watch video of their departure below the jump.

Jeff Eisenberg of Yahoo! Sports' The Dagger spoke to freshman guard Tanner Wozniak about the walkout:

"We didn't want to disrespect the program at all or anything," Wozniak said by phone. "We just wanted to show our support for Isiah Thomas. He was a great coach, a mentor and a father figure to us. He didn't have a winning record, but you can't build a program in three years."

Under Thomas, FIU posted a 26-65 record over the past three seasons.

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