USC senior running back Anthony Brown, who quit the team a week ago, called head coach Steve Sarkisian a racist Thursday.
Brown posted on Instagram on Thursday morning, “Sark treated me like a slave in his Office…Can’t play for a racist MAN!!!!! #Fighton” and posted a similar message on Facebook.
The posts were later deleted.
Sarkisian, who revealed that Brown had quit the team last Thursday, said he was blindsided by the comments and said Brown never expressed any of those feelings to him when the coach met with him earlier this week.
“As far as what [Brown] said on Twitter, I think it’s ridiculous,” Sarkisian said. “Any of you guys that know me and if you ask anybody in our building, any of our players — feel free to — that’s about the furthest thing from the truth. Quite honestly, I’m shocked.”
Brown did not mention specifics about why he felt this way or what might have occurred between him and Sarkisian.
He has been sidelined most of training camp with a hyperextended elbow and was listed as the sixth running back on the depth chart after switching over from cornerback earlier this month.
“Anthony decided not to play football anymore,” Sarkisian said. “We obviously tried to encourage him not to quit. We thought he could be an asset to our team, especially when healthy. We really tried to make it a point to accommodate the position change he wanted. He wanted to move to running back and we did so.
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