After refusing to practice Thursday, Gophers players donned their maroon game jerseys and announced that they are boycotting all football activities — even their Dec. 27 bowl game, if need be — in protest of the University of Minnesota’s decision to suspend 10 teammates as a result of a September sexual assault allegation.I have no idea what happened in September, but I suspect the penalty given to the players, especially those who weren't directly involved in the incident, is a bit much. There's a much larger battle involved on college campuses, especially where due process is concerned. It's a conversation that needs to happen, but it's not going to be pleasant. There's a lot more at the link and it's worth reading.
Those 10 suspended players stood directly behind seniors Drew Wolitarsky, Mitch Leidner and Duke Anyanwu — with the rest of the team arrayed behind them in support — as Wolitarsky read from a typed, two-page statement, laying out the players’ demands.
“The boycott will remain in effect until due process is followed and the suspensions for all 10 players involved are lifted,” Wolitarsky said.
Wolitarsky said the players want an apology from university President Eric Kaler and athletic director Mark Coyle, adding that the players “demand that these leaders are held accountable for their actions.”
Friday, December 16, 2016
This escalated quickly: