Three football players at Liberty College say they’ve entered the transfer portal, with two of them citing “racial insensitivity” by the college’s management or comparable causes for his or her selections.
Kei’Trel Clark and Tayvion Land, each sophomore defensive backs, and senior linebacker Waylen Cozad all introduced their intentions on Twitter. Clark and Land, who’re Black, cited racial or cultural considerations with the management on the evangelical faculty.
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“Due to the cultural (incompetence) within multiple levels of leadership, it does not line up with my code of ethics,” Clark wrote in a post Monday. In it, he praised the coaches and players he labored with, however stated his resolution was “bigger than football.”
Land particularly cited “racial insensitivity displayed by leadership” at Liberty.
Cozad, who’s white, wrote he was “ready for a new opportunity.”
9 players, together with three on scholarship, have transferred or had their names eliminated from the football roster shortly after players returned to campus on June 1.
Replying to Clark’s and Land’s tweets, the varsity stated inappropriate comments by a professor who was subsequently fired led to the 2 players’ selections.
Reached by way of Twitter, Clark stated remarks from the professor have been “one of the reasons” he had determined to search a transfer, however he declined to elaborate when requested if Liberty President Jerry Falwell Jr.’s current Twitter exercise was additionally amongst his causes for leaving.
With the selections, a complete of 4 student-athletes have introduced they’re transferring. Girls’s basketball participant Asia Todd introduced about two weeks in the past that “racial insensitivity” that did “not align with my moral compass or personal convictions” prompted her to depart.
Earlier this month, Falwell apologized for a tweet in late Could deemed inappropriate by almost three dozen black alumni who rebuked him publicly.
Within the tweet, Falwell stated he was “adamantly opposed” to a masks mandate from Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam to assist cease the unfold of the brand new coronavirus “until I decided to design my own.” With it, he posted an image of an individual in blackface and one other within the Ku Klux Klan costume. The picture appeared on Northam’s medical yearbook web page and — when made public final 12 months — sparked a scandal that almost pressured the Democrat from workplace.
In his apology, Falwell stated, “I actually refreshed the trauma that image had caused and offended some by using the image to make a political point.”
He stated he had deleted the tweet.