USC Footballer Quits, Calls Coach Racist

Steve Sarkisian calls claim 'ridiculous'

By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff

Posted Aug 29, 2014 8:22 AM CDT

(Newser) – Steve Sarkisian has yet to coach a single football game at USC, but the new head coach is having a seriously awful preseason. Just after a star player fabricated a hero tale about himself, Trojans senior Anthony Brown has quit the team and taken to social media to call Sarkisian a "racist," reports NBC Sports. "It was like a slave master talking to his slave," Brown tells TMZ of a meeting with the coach. "Couldn't play for a racist man!!!!!!!!!!! #FightOn," Brown posted to Facebook, with similar comments appearing on Instagram and Twitter. The posts were later deleted, reports ESPN.

A "shocked" Sarkisian says Brown's claims are "ridiculous," reports Scout.com. He says Brown got injured in training camp, and the team moved him from cornerback to running back at his request. "I wanted him to come back and play and he chose not to," Sarkisian says. The coach is getting support from at least one member of his team. "Coach Sark is a great person/Coach! Please disregard comments that have been made by someone," player Antwaun Woods tweeted yesterday.

Southern California coach Steve Sarkisian watches his players practice Aug. 20, 2014, in Los Angeles.
Southern California coach Steve Sarkisian watches his players practice Aug. 20, 2014, in Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
A photo provided by the University of Southern California sports information department shows running back Anthony Brown.
A photo provided by the University of Southern California sports information department shows running back Anthony Brown.   (AP Photo/University of Southern California)
In this Oct. 19, 2013, file photo, Southern California cornerback Anthony Brown shakes hands with a Notre Dame player following an NCAA football game in South Bend, Ind.
In this Oct. 19, 2013, file photo, Southern California cornerback Anthony Brown shakes hands with a Notre Dame player following an NCAA football game in South Bend, Ind.   (AP Photo/Joe Raymond, File)
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