Sunday, November 08, 2015

Black football players at Missouri refuse to play until university President resigns or removed

Missouri's black football players announced on Saturday night that they no longer will participate in football activities until university president Tim Wolfe either resigns or is removed from his position. The players believe Wolfe has been negligent toward black students.

The announcement came Saturday night via a Twitter post by Missouri's Legion of Black Collegians, and included a photograph of 32 black men, including starting running back Russell Hanbrough.

"The athletes of color on the University of Missouri football team truly believe 'Injustice Anywhere is a threat to Justice Everywhere.'

"We will no longer participate in any football related activities until President Tim Wolfe resigns or is removed due to his negligence toward marginalized students' experiences.

"We are united," the tweet read.

This move by the black members of the football team comes after several recent racial incidents on the Missouri campus. Wolfe has come under fire for how he's handled the racial incidents and tensions.

The University of Missouri issued a statement late Saturday.

"The department of athletics is aware of the declarations made tonight by many of our student-athletes.

"We all must come together with leaders from across our campus to tackle these challenging issues and we support our student-athletes right to do so," the university said.

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