Three football players formerly enrolled at Liberty University announced Monday that they will leave the prominent Virginia-based evangelical Christian institution, with two of them citing “racial insensitivity” or “cultural” incompetence of the school’s leadership.
Sophomore cornerbacks Kei’Trel Clark and Tayvion Land, as well as senior linebacker Waylen Cozad, took to Twitter to announce their decisions to enter the college football transfer portal. Clark and Land, who are African American, cited cultural and racial issues.
In his statement, Land said that while he “appreciated” much of his time and “most” of his professors at Liberty, he is departing due to “the racial insensitivity displayed by leadership.”
“I pray that I am able to be provided with [an] opportunity at a new school that respects my culture and provides a comfortable environment,” Land wrote.
In his tweeted statement, Clark said that while he found the Liberty football program and its personnel to be “a complete blessing,” he did not respect the “cultural [incompetence] within multiple levels of leadership.” Clark stressed that his decision was “well thought out and prayed on.”
“This decision is simply bigger than football or the program,” Clark wrote, adding that the incompetence in the leadership at the university “does not line up with my code of ethics.”
Liberty spokesperson Scott Lamb told The Christian Post in an email that the university is “saddened” by the departures and assured that the players “will always be a part of the Liberty University family.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Gryboski