Grambling State University football players have decided to end their protest. The week-long boycott, which included the entire team missing a game against Jackson State, began after players felt that the school’s administration wasn’t taking their concerns seriously.
Until the administration addressed the way the team traveled, and well as subpar training facilities, not one member practiced.
“players decided end the boycott after reaching out to several Grambling greats, including former coach Doug Williams, who advised them to, “Go out there and play football.”
“The football team took a stance on what we thought was right,” player Naquan Smith said. “We did not quit on our university. There are many problems that exist and if no one says anything, nothing will become of our institution. We hope coach Eddie Robinson and his legendary players appreciate we took a stand and thought we were right.”
The university’s President Frank Pogue said that players would not face any repercussions for the protest. He also thinks the national attention would help bring to light the dire financial position of HBCUs like his school.
Players returned to practice on Monday. The Tigers’ next home game is Saturday where they will host Texas Southern University.
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