Dozens of Missouri football players have ceased taking part in football-related activities, according to a tweets from multiple players.
“The athletes of color on the University of Missouri football team believe “Injustice Anywhere is a threat to Justice Everywhere,” sophomore defensive back Anthony Sherrils posted in a tweet. “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, which included a photo of more than two dozen Missouri football players standing locked arm-in-arm, also showed up on other players’ accounts and the Legion of Black Collegians.
Jonathan Butler, a Missouri graduate student, began a hunger strike Monday and demanded the removal of Wolf, the school’s president. Students have been using the hashtag #ConcernedStudent1950 to share their accounts of racism.
Sherrils’ statement and photo were accompanied by the caption, “We’re back. Black is powerful. Our struggle may look different, but we are all #ConcernedStudent1950.”
Concerned Student 1950 is an activist group named after the first year black students were admitted at Missouri.
UPDATE: The Missouri athletic department released a statement about the situation:
“The department of athletics is aware of the declarations made tonight by many of our student athletes,” the release said. “We must all come together with leaders from across our campus to tackle these challenging issues and we support our student athletes right to do so.
UPDATE: The Missourian reported Sunday night that a group of players met Sunday evening, and the decision to boycott football events was made. Safety Thomas Morrison told the Missourian that players will discuss the decision and the situation Monday during the team’s media availability.