Black Missouri Football Players Say They'll Go On Strike Until University President Resigns (UPDATE)

Join growing student protest.

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We're black. Black is powerful. Our struggle may look different, but we are all #ConcernedStudent1950

— HeMadeAKing (@1Sherrils_2MIZZ) November 8, 2015


University of Missouri President Tom Wolfe has resigned:

The Mizzou Family stands as one. We are united. We are behind our players. #ConcernedStudent1950 GP

— Coach Gary Pinkel (@GaryPinkel) November 8, 2015

Here are some of the comments he made after announcing his resignation:


The team's head coach Gary Pinkel offered up support for his players from his Twitter account:

"(The decision) has nothing to do with our coaches. Our coaches are 100% behind us. Including the white ones."

See original story below.

A group of 32 black players on Missouri's football team linked arms Saturday night in protest of the school's university president Tim Wolfe and stated their refusal to play until he's ousted from his post. The move came following dissatisfaction with how Wolfe has handled a number of racial incidents on campus including the school's Student Association President having slurs screamed at him, and another where a guy painted a swastika in his own smeared fecal matter on a residence hall bathroom wall.

Last night, sophomore safety Anthony Sherrils tweeted the following message:

United We Stand! #ConcernedStudent1950

— Trevon Walters ® (@trevon_walters) November 8, 2015

Cornerback John Gibson further elaborated that:

Never thought I would be in place or time like this to actually make a difference.

— Russell Hansbrough (@imthatnike) November 8, 2015

Several other Tiger players added their approval/strike endorsement through their own Twitter accounts:

We gone be alright #ConcernedStudent1950

— VVS KEYSKIII 🧟‍♂️☄️ (@Key6below) November 8, 2015

It's about more than just football for me and my team #ConcernedStudent1950

— Thomas Wilson (@T_Smooove8) November 8, 2015

An injustice anywhere is a threat to justice anywhere. Together we can make a difference #ConcernedStudent1950 #AllLivesMatter

— Ian (@Ian_21ydh) November 8, 2015
"The department of athletics is aware of the declarations made tonight by many of our student-athletes. We all must come together with leaders from across our campus to tackle these challenging issues and we support our student-athletes right to do so."

As for the school, a spokesman for their athletic department responded with a statement saying:

At least one player says that the issue will be addressed further on Monday:

[via @1Sherrils_2Mizz, Twitter]

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