“As much as we want to say everyone is united, half the team and coaches — black and white — are pissed,” the player, who is white, said. “If we were 9-0, this wouldn't be happening.”
Mizzou’s black players announced Saturday night that they were boycotting team activities until school president Tim Wolfe was removed from office. Head coach Gary Pinkel posted a photo on Twitter earlier Sunday of the entire football team, saying the team “stands as one.” Missouri students are upset with what they believe is a lack of action on Wolfe’s part to address racist incidents on campus.
Missouri graduate student Jonathan Butler has been on a hunger strike since Nov. 2 and met with the football team on Saturday. According to a statement from Pinkel and athletic director Mack Rhoades, the players “do not plan to return to practice until Jonathan resumes eating.”
Mizzou plays BYU next Saturday in Kansas City.
- Dan Gartland