When it rains, it pours. Just when it looked like the Josh Shaw situation might be calming down, another veteran Trojan made headlines Thursday with explosive accusations against USC head coach Steve Sarkisian. Redshirt senior Anthony Brown quit the team this morning, but did not leave quietly, saying on multiple social media platforms that he “could not play for a racist.”
— Josh Webb (Twist) (@FightOnTwist) August 28, 2014
In an Instagram post which has since been deleted, Brown lobbed further bombs at Sarkisian saying, “Sark treated me like a slave in his office.”
Brown, who has played cornerback since arriving at USC in 2010, made the switch to running back this offseason. His injury history seemed to catch up to him once more however as he missed most of fall camp while struggling to get back to full fitness.
Sarkisian announced Brown’s decision to quit during his media session this morning and express shock at Browns allegations.
“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.”
(Via ESPN Pac-12 Blog)
This time around, in a noticeably different response to the Shaw situation earlier this week, current and former players immediately rallied behind Sarkisian and vouched for his character.
Coach Sark is who we all believe him to be. Accusations like those couldn't be more untrue … #FightOn
— • (@Gfarmer8) August 28, 2014
Coach Sark is a great coach and even better person. Accusations like that couldn't be more untrue. #FightOn
— Scott Starr (@SS47ERA) August 28, 2014
— Marcus Martin (@TheRealDoubleMs) August 28, 2014
I know Sark as well as anyone. He is the farthest thing from a racist. This is a ridiculous claim!
— Matt Leinart (@MattLeinartQB) August 28, 2014
Coach Sark was my main recruiter from SC at my HS known him since 05 he's far from racist #comeonnow
— Marc Tyler (@M_Tyler26) August 28, 2014
Coach Sark is a great person/Coach! Please disregard comments that have been made by someone.
— Antwaun Woods (@USCTwocka99) August 28, 2014
— Gerald Washington (@gwgallonegro) August 28, 2014
Sark is the man! SC will come out like savages and rock the Coli. After Cody tosses that first tug, no one will care about the BS #FightOn
— Taylor Ashton (@TaylorAshton17) August 28, 2014
As a parent and a coach that deals with coach Sark on a weekly basis these racist allegations are completely untrue. Fight On
— ArmondSr (@ArmondSr) August 28, 2014