LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) — Three football players at Liberty University say they have entered the transfer portal, with two of them citing “racial insensitivity” by the university’s leadership or similar reasons for their decisions.
Clark and Land, who are Black, cited racial or cultural concerns with the leadership at the evangelical school.
Replying to Clark’s and Land’s tweets, the school said inappropriate comments by a professor who was subsequently fired led to the two players’ decisions.
Reached via Twitter, Clark said remarks from the professor were “one of the reasons” he had decided to seek a transfer, but he declined to elaborate when asked if Liberty President Jerry Falwell Jr.’s recent Twitter activity was also among his reasons for leaving.
In the tweet, Falwell said he was “adamantly opposed” to a mask mandate from Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam to help stop the spread of the new coronavirus “until I decided to design my own.”