Yesha Callahan

Missouri Lawmaker Wants To Revoke Scholarships If Athletes Protest

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In response to a threat by Missouri Tigers football players to not play because of the administration’s handling of racial discrimination complaints on campus, a state legislator is proposing that student athletes lose their scholarships if they go on strike.

The proposal comes a month after the University of Missouri was rocked by protests in which 30 black football players refused to show up (which would have cost the school more than $1 million) unless President Tim Wolfe resigned. Days later, Wolfe announced he would step down and Law Professor/Civil Rights Attorney Mike Middleton was appointed as interim president in a decision praised by student activists.

The bill, HB 1743 proposes the following:

“Provides that any college athlete on scholarship who refuses to play for a reason unrelated to health shall have his or her scholarship revoked.”

Brattin’s plan would not only revoke scholarships for any protesting college athlete but would also fine coaching staff members who support the protests.

In addition to First Amendment objections, the bill could face challenges because the University of Missouri athletic department scholarships are raised through private resources and not on state funds, according to the student-athlete handbook. It’s unclear how the bill would affect money the state doesn’t supply.

If this new proposal is approved, it would place the Missouri players in an even tougher position. Should they continue to stand up for what’s right and risk losing their scholarships or should they continue to play to avoid possibly losing them?

  1. December 16, 2015 - Reply

    Time to start a petition for a special election to get Brattin booted

  2. December 16, 2015 - Reply

    This clever piece of legislation is modern slavery.

    Just by looking at the picture there are many black men that may receive these scholarships, yet they are threatened when they brought effective awareness to the very racial discrimination that affects them.

    shameful

  3. December 16, 2015 - Reply

    This is a clear violation of their constitutional rights. I can’t wait to see who the lawyer is going to be.

  4. December 16, 2015 - Reply

    Basically in so many words this proposed bill is stating “let’s keep these N….. in check so they don’t have the courage or will to stand up for themselves while making us look bad and cost us money…” This is why I side eye the undertones of sports in our society because it very much have the slave and slave master relationship. I agree with those who said that this is a clear violation of their individual rights. These students shouldn’t be force to play in a hostile environment that the school aids by not doing their jobs. And I bet what these students get for scholarship money fails in comparison of what this school makes OFF them in terms of football and athletics this could lead to more points of paying college athletes…side eye…but I bet they don’t want to talk about that issue. This bill comes across as a threat plain and simple. If they have the nerve to pass this bill then the University of Missouri should be on the ban list. Trust their are more institutions that will throw scholarship money at a promising player while not restricting their growth and development as an individual so let this university shoot itself in the foot because these students didn’t do anything wrong here.

    • December 17, 2015 - Reply

      @binks

      Excellent Words.

  5. December 16, 2015 - Reply

    Te proposal is abhorrent and blatantly violates the First Amendment with its sections. Missouri, like in every state of America, is filled with racist, hateful people. The protesters have opposed racial injustice and massive hikes in tuition. They have called out the evil legacy of bigotry in college campuses nationwide and they want a change. Too many figures in the political world are more comfortable with the status quo and eliminating protest rights instead of advancing real social change. Brattin wants to try to strife the efforts of courageous black people. Yet, he will not prevail. Back over 150 years ago, Missouri had a lot of Confederate sympathizers even though Missouri was a Union state during the Civil War. Yet, activists defeated the Confederacy in Missouri among many battles. Today, we are fighting against the neo-Confederate, reactionary forces who want black people to just placate the whim of the oligarchy, which is wrong. It is hypocritical for Brattin to advance this bill when the protesters just want accountability and justice. The athletic program in Missouri brings massive amount of money to the University and to the state of Missouri. If that bill passes, then we have the right to enact economic actions to make sure that our voices are heard loud and clear.

  6. December 16, 2015 - Reply

    All the money that these Black student athletes make these majority White colleges/universities…..yet they aren’t allowed to stand up for justice. This “lawmaker” is basically saying listen up n**gger all we want you to do is play ball for us and shut-up you don’t even have to pass your classes…smh

    • December 16, 2015 - Reply

      @Dr.Rue

      Exactly!

  7. December 16, 2015 - Reply

    Brattin knows damn well that his proposal is bs! This is an old racist trick, packaged as a bill, to keep these young brothers, “in their place” as they say.

    After Reconstruction, Black people were bombarded with oppressive Black Code laws created to hinder them from standing up for their rights and generating their own wealth. This is the same ish, different situation! Take a close look at the picture above. They ARE the football team. These brothers and all others helped the NCAA hit almost 1 billion dollars in revenue last season. Imagine the fallout if all of these young, gifted, black athletes took their talents to HBCU’s instead. The NCAA would unravel like a 5 dollar sweater! The large predominantly white Universities thrive off the backs of black talent and the black students have every right to stand up for themselves without some bigoted politician pulling biased bill proposals out of his a$$!

    • December 23, 2015 - Reply

      @Chazz A

      Girlies 101, this is my plantation and I treat my niqqers the way I want.
      It seems that we had a war to dispel this type of mentality.

  8. December 16, 2015 - Reply

    Trying to control and silence black people.

  9. December 17, 2015 - Reply

    Protest away and see how fast that college loose’s money. You really think other black footballers are going to want to join a university team where the head white scrotum in charge tolerates racism? Like nah these brothers and the ones after them need to start going elsewhere and hit these racists here it always hurts in their wrinkly moneybags.

  10. December 17, 2015 - Reply

    Universities (and their donors) pay the cost to be the boss. The athletes are free to finance their own education or transfer to another school (HBCU, maybe?) if they find the conditions unacceptable. Freedom ain’t free, y’all. Or perhaps, such a proposed bill will motivate these “students” to focus on developing their brains and not just their bodies.

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