The Missouri football team is united in its support for the ongoing protests about racism on the university’s campus.
Coach Gary Pinkel tweeted a powerful picture Sunday of the entire team gathered together with the caption, “The Mizzou Family stands as one. We are united. We are behind our players. #ConcernedStudent1950 GP.”
This comes one day after tweets featuring more than 30 players locked arm-in-arm were published from multiple players’ accounts. They were paired with a message indicating that players were going to refrain from football-related activities to support the protest.
— Coach Gary Pinkel (@GaryPinkel) November 8, 2015
The Missouri players gathered at the team facility Sunday, but tight end Jason Reese told reporters the team was scheduled to practice but will not until “this is all resolved.”
Jonathan Butler, a Missouri graduate student, began a hunger strike Monday and demanded the removal of Tim Wolfe, the school’s president. Students have been using the hashtag #ConcernedStudent1950 to share their accounts of racism.
The tweets from players Saturday night 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.
When asked if the photo means the coaching staff is supporting the boycott, a team official told David Morrison of the Columbia Daily Tribune, “you saw the picture.”
Missouri governor Jay Nixon released a statement Sunday on the protests at the school.
— Austin Kim (@AustinKKim) November 8, 2015
National College Players’ Association president Ramogi Huma told Jon Solomon of CBS Sports that he supports the Mizzou boycott.
“College athletes shouldn’t feel obligated to play for a university that blames victims for crimes,” Huma said to Solomon.
- The Missourian has a timeline of all the events on Missouri’s campus that have led to the protests and the football team’s decision.
- Players tweeted Saturday night that they will cease all football operations to support the protests.