Mizzou Athletes Celebrate President’s Resignation
After Tim Wolfe stepped down as president, football players took to Twitter to celebrate
Tim Wolfe stepped down as president of the University of Missouri on Monday amid heated calls for his resignation. “The frustration and anger I see is real and I don’t doubt it for a second,” he said in a surprise announcement, “I take full responsibility for what has occurred.” Wolfe says he hopes his departure can defuse growing tensions and let the community “heal and start talking again.”
Student anger over a string of racist incidents at the Columbia, Missouri campus has been intensifying for weeks, but the precipitating incident came this weekend, when a group of roughly 30 black football players said they’d stop playing until Wolfe resigned. On Sunday, Mizzou football coach Gary Pinkel came out in support of his players, writing “The Mizzou Family stands as one. We are united. We are behind our players.” in a tweet.
— Coach Gary Pinkel (@GaryPinkel) November 8, 2015
Here’s a sampling of what the players are saying:
Huge thanks to Coach Pinkel, the rest of the coaching staff and our Mizzou family for supporting us in this movement!
— Grant Jones1⃣5⃣ (@g_jones015) November 9, 2015
Social change is a beautiful thing. — Marcell Frazier (@YuskeFrazier) November 9, 2015
— Clarence Champ Green (@clgreen93mu) November 9, 2015
Changing history — Brock Bondurant (@BrockBondurant) November 9, 2015