Updates from Thursday, Sept. 4
Steve Sarkisian spoke about Anthony Brown and the allegations against him (via Gottlieb.Radio.CBSSports.com):
Unfortunately, Shaw isn’t the only drama USC has had to deal with in recent weeks, as tailback Anthony Brown quit the team and accused Sarkisian of being racist.
'It was borderline laughable,” Sarkisian said. “I think anybody who knows me and has been around me – whether it’s family, friends, coaches, players – they know what I’m about, who I am as a person. Quite honestly, it was a ridiculous claim. I really didn’t give it much credence.'
USC was already having a bizarre week in light of the Josh Shaw ordeal. Now things have only gotten worse for the school, as senior running back Anthony Brown has quit the team and alleged that head coach Steve Sarkisian is a racist.
In an Instagram post Brown has since removed from his account, he wrote, "Sark treated me like a slave in his Office...Can't play for a racist MAN!!!!! #Fighton." The message was posted alongside an image that simply said, "Couldn't play for a racist man!!!!"
Ryan Abraham of Scout.com took a screenshot of that image and has more on the story:
Steve Sarkisian just came into the media room to inform us that Anthony Brown has quit the football team. Brown went on Instagram and Facebook, accusing Sarkisian of being a racist. Sark said he was "shocked" at these allegations, called them "ridiculous" and welcomed us to talk to anyone in or around the program and they would tell us that it simply wasn't true.
Sark said they tried to accommodate Brown, moving him to running back. He was unfortunately hurt but Sark said they still tried to get him to stay on the team. Sark felt he could help the team. Brown refused, quit the team...
This certainly feels like a story with a lot of unanswered questions at the very least. Perhaps the most pertinent piece of unknown information was raised by Bomani Jones of ESPN:
curious to know what sark said to that dude in his office. i don’t know either of them, so i make no assumptions, but this is craaaazy.— Bomani Jones (@bomani_jones) August 28, 2014
On the other hand, at least one player, nose tackle Antwaun Woods, has already come to Sarkisian's defense.
Coach Sark is a great person/Coach! Please disregard comments that have been made by someone.— Antwaun Woods (@USCTwocka99) August 28, 2014
It will be interesting to see how other players comment on their relationship with Sarkisian in the coming days.
It will also be interesting to see how USC recovers from two bombshells in the same week. On Wednesday, Shaw admitted that he fabricated the story about spraining both of his ankles while rescuing his nephew, per
#USC players have: 4 HCs in the past 12 MOs; seen a tm captain publicly go from hero to punchline & had a new HC called a racist by a player— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) August 28, 2014
With Shaw out and Anthony Brown gone, USC's biggest issue is lack of depth. Not Shaw's made up story. They need every single live body.— Pete Thamel (@SIPeteThamel) August 28, 2014