Missouri football players boycott until president Tim Wolfe resigns

Photo Courtesy: Gary Pinkel

More than 30 African-American football players for the University of Missouri say they will no longer take part in football activities until UM President Tim Wolfe is fired or resigns, KRCG, a CBS affilliate reports.

Multiple players from the state’s flagship university tweeted the statement and picture on Saturday night.

The post has even been shared by the verified Twitter account of head coach Gary Pinkel.

The move comes after several student protests at the University of Missouri over the past few months, and pushed the tension to its highest point yet.

The latest controversy kicked off with Missouri graduate student Jonathan Butler going on a hunger strike Monday.

Butler says he’s not happy with Wolfe’s handling of several racial incidents on campus, and will not eat until Wolfe steps down or is fired.

The controversies include a number of race and discrimination issues, the removal of graduate students’ health care subsidies and an end to university contracts with a Planned Parenthood clinic.

The Missouri Athletics Department released a statement late Saturday night which read: “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.”

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.

Governor Jay Nixon has also released a statement, as of Sunday morning, regarding the ongoing situation at the University of Missouri campus.

Racism and intolerance have no place at the University of Missouri or anywhere in our state,” Gov. Nixon said. “Our colleges and universities must be havens of trust and understanding. These concerns must be addressed to ensure the University of Missouri is a place where all students can pursue their dreams in an environment of respect, tolerance and inclusion.

University of Missouri System President Tim Wolfe has not resigned, and issued a statement on Sunday.

In the statement, he did not address the issue of his resignation.

The statement reads as follows:

Governor Jay Nixon has also released a statement, as of Sunday morning, regarding the ongoing situation at the University of Missouri campus.

Racism and intolerance have no place at the University of Missouri or anywhere in our state,” Gov. Nixon said. “Our colleges and universities must be havens of trust and understanding. These concerns must be addressed to ensure the University of Missouri is a place where all students can pursue their dreams in an environment of respect, tolerance and inclusion.

“At this point I think it is essential that the University of Missouri Board of Curators send a clear message to the students at Mizzou that there is an unqualified commitment to address racism on campus,” U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill said in a release. “As a graduate who cares deeply about Mizzou, I’m confident that my university can and will do better in supporting an environment of tolerance and inclusion.”

It isn’t clear whether the athletes’ announcement will affect next Saturday’s game at home against BYU.

 

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