Mizzou Coach Gary Pinkel Tweets Support for Boycotting Black Players: “We Are United” (Video)
Missouri football coach Gary Pinkel tweeted his support of the protesting black players.
Coach Pinkel said, “The Mizzou Family Stands as one.”
Pinkel’s tweet included a photo of all players linking arms for social justice.
— Coach Gary Pinkel (@GaryPinkel) November 8, 2015
Mizzou is 4-5 this year and several black players on scholarship are boycotting future games until the MU President Tim Wolfe resigns and acknowledges his white privilege. The group also is demanding quotas in hiring and a higher retention of black students.
This comes after someone smeared a swastika on a dorm room in feces.
Missouri football coach Gary Pinkel proclaimed Sunday that his team is “united” in the wake of racial incidents at the university and how officials have responded to them.
University of Missouri president Tim Wolfe, amid demands for his resignation, said changes will come to address racially charged incidents at the school as part of a system-wide diversity and inclusion strategy due to be announced in April.
“It is clear to all of us that change is needed, and we appreciate the thoughtfulness and passion which have gone into the sharing of concerns,” Wolfe said in a statement Sunday. “Clearly, we are open to listening to all sides and are confident that we can come together to improve the student experience on our campuses. We want to find the best way to get everyone around the table and create the safe space for a meaningful conversation that promotes change.”
On Saturday night, a group of black players on Mizzou’s football team, via a Twitter post from the Legion of Black Collegians, said they would stop participating in all football activities until Wolfe stepped down. A photo in the post included Tigers starting running back Russell Hansbrough.
However, Pinkel tweeted that his team “stands as one” with a photo of all coaches and players standing together, arms locked in unity.