The University of Missouri’s football team has joined students in their protest against University of Missouri President Tim Wolfe by boycotting all football games until he either resigns or is removed from office.
It began with Black graduate student Jonathan L. Butler, 25, who has gone on a hunger strike in his response in Wolfe’s reticence in addressing racial tension that escalated when a swastika scrawled in excrement was found on a dorm wall.
Butler said he is willing to die unless Wolfe leaves office, prompting the school’s chancellor R. Bowen Loftin to issue a statement voicing his concern for his health. With the Black football players adding their weight to the issue, the nation is finally paying attention.
The athletic department has voiced their support.
Statement from Mizzou Athletics:
The department of athletics is aware of declarations made tonight by many of our student athletes. We must all come together with leaders from across our campus to tackle these challenging issues and we support our student-athletes to do so.
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