Missouri Law Will Strip College Athletes of Scholarships If They Strike
Several Mizzou black athletes announcedin early November they would boycott all future football games until President Tim Wolfe resigned.
They were upset about the way the school’s president has handled racial incidents on campus and that the president defunded Planned Parenthood.
The football players posted a tweet linking arms in protest.
Mizzou coach Gary Pinkel tweeted his support for the racial protests.
Pinkel said, “We are united!”
Now a Missouri lawmaker is proposing legislation that will take scholarships away from Missouri student athletes if they strike.
A state representative is proposing a bill that would take scholarships away from Missouri student athletes if they refuse to play.
State Republican Rep. Rick Brattin pre-filed the legislation last week in response to a threatened strike in November by the Missouri football team. The bill would require colleges and universities to fine coaches for helping student athletes strike.
Missouri Athletics Department spokesman Ryan Bradley and Brattin didn’t immediately return requests for comment Monday.
The football team threatened not to play unless the university system’s president resigned or was removed for his handling of racial discrimination complaints.
The threat came amid protests on the Columbia campus. After President Tim Wolfe resigned, the team played its remaining games.