(LOS ANGELES) — USC running back Anthony Brown announced on Thursday that he is qutting the team after calling head coach Steve Sarkisian a racist.
“Sark treated me like a slave in his Office…Can’t play for a racist MAN!!!!! #Fighton,” Brown posted on Instagram. He posted a similar message on Facebook.
Brown took down the posts shortly thereafter.
The senior running back had been sidelined most of training camp with an elbow injury. He had six starts and 43 tackles during his USC career.
“As far as what [Brown] said on Twitter, I think it’s ridiculous,” Sarkisian said. “Any of you guys that know me and if you ask anybody in our building, any of our players — feel free to — that’s about the furthest thing from the truth. Quite honestly, I’m shocked.”
Sarkisian has no history of being a racist and called Brown’s announcement surprising.
“Anthony decided not to play football anymore,” Sarkisian said. “We obviously tried to encourage him not to quit. We thought he could be an asset to our team, especially when healthy. We really tried to make it a point to accommodate the position change he wanted. He wanted to move to running back and we did so.
“He unfortunately got injured in training camp and was working his way back and decided he didn’t want to play anymore. It’s a bit unfortunate because we could have used him. We think he could have helped us.”
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Madison Park, Keith Allen and Andreas Preuss, CNN