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Black Players From Missouri Football Team on Strike


A group of black players for Missouri have elected to stop participating in football activities until the university system president Tim Wolfe resigns.

Missouri's Legion of Black Collegians tweeted the announcement on Saturday. After a series of racial incidents on Missouri's campus and Wolfe's "handling" of them, there was no other choice.

In the picture are many of the Tigers' players, including star running back Russell Hansbrough.

Missouri released a statement shortly after the tweet.

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"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."

Missouri plays BYU on Saturday. After the series of racially-charged events, the Tigers football team felt it was their responsibility to get involved. According to the Columbia Daily Tribune, 42 of the 64 players on Missouri's depth chart are African-American. The coaching staff is behind the players' decision as well.

"[The decision] has nothing to do with our coaches," cornerback John Gibson said. "Our coaches are 100% behind us. Including the white ones."

Head coach Gary Pinkel tweeted a picture of all his players, stating he was fully supportive of the movement.

Only time will tell what Missouri's team will look like for the next game.