In the midst of Josh Shaw’s suspension earlier this week, the USC Trojans came across even more controversy. Senior running back Anthony Brown accused head coach Steve Sarkisian of being a racist Thursday morning after quitting the team on Aug. 21.
Brown (@_moneyab) posted a picture on Instagram early Thursday with the caption “Sark treated me like a slave in his Office…Can’t play for a racist MAN!!!!! #Fighton.” The picture is now removed from his Instagram account.
Coach Sarkisian denied the alleged acts of racism and went on to call the accusations “ridiculous.”
Brown has been battling a hyperextended elbow and did not see much playing time during camp this preseason. Brown played cornerback up until this offseason when he switched to running back. He recorded 43 total tackles his first three years and was listed as USC’s sixth running back on their depth chart.
“I had encouraged him to play. I wanted him to play. I didn’t want him to quit,” Sarkisian told ESPN Los Angeles. “I thought he could get healthy… I didn’t want him to quit. I wanted him to come back and play and he chose not to.”
The Trojans will open up their 2014 season against Fresno State at the L.A. Coliseum 4:30 P.M. PT on Aug. 30.
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