Alabama coach Nick Saban has not followed Mizzou football’s protest closely, but he acknowledged the situation during his Monday afternoon press conference in Tuscaloosa.
Here were his full remarks:
I don’t really first of all know a lot about the situation there. I haven’t followed it. I don’t know a lot about it. I will say this: We always respect our players. And when they feel passionate about something, we’re always going to listen.
One thing I can say in general, as a program, as a person, as an organization: We always believe in equal rights for all groups. And we would continue to support and promote that with any group on our team. That’s really all I can say about it because I don’t really know a lot about it.
Several Mizzou players announced a practice boycott on Saturday night, and then coach Gary Pinkel joined in Sunday.
University of Missouri president Tim Wolfe stepped down on Monday morning amid campus-wide protests regarding race relations at the school.