*When it rains, it pours with the USC football team.
Already dealing with the suspension of a cornerback for lying about saving his nephew from drowning, redshirt senior running back Anthony Brown abruptly quit the team Thursday, then, used Twitter to call his former coach Steve Sarkisian a racist.
Brown, who started six games as a defensive back but recently moved to running back, posted a photo on Instagram that read, “COULDN’T PLAY FOR A RACIST MAN!!!!”
In the caption, Brown added that “Sark treated me like a slave in his office.”
When informed of the post, Sarkisian said he was “shocked” and called the allegations “ridiculous.”
Sark said he was “shocked” at these allegations, called them “ridiculous” and welcomed us to talk to anyone in or around the program and they would tell us that it simply wasn’t true.
Sark said they tried to accommodate Brown, moving him to running back. He was unfortunately hurt but Sark said they still tried to get him to stay on the team. Sark felt he could help the team. Brown refused, quit the team then posted the following on Facebook:
“Couldn’t play for a racist man!!!!!!!!!!!
Meanwhile, several USC players are coming to Sarkisian’s defense … including linebacker Scott Felix who tweeted, “Coach Sark is a great coach and even better person. Accusations like that couldn’t be more untrue.”
Defensive tackle Antwaun Woods also chimed in … saying, “Coach Sark is a great person/Coach! Please disregard comments that have been made by someone.”
Between this and the ongoing Josh Shaw saga, Sarkisian’s first game week has been filled with unexpected distractions.
As previously reported, Shaw admitted that he fabricated a story about injuring his ankles while saving his nephew from drowning.
Shaw admitted his story was a lie Wednesday in a meeting with USC officials, but offered no explanation. Shaw was accompanied by attorney Donald Etra, who says Shaw’s injury involved no criminal activity.
TMZ reported Thursday that Shaw “was aggressively confronted by a teammate in the USC locker room Monday morning — with the player screaming at Shaw to ‘come clean’ about the false hero story.”
The player who confronted Shaw — a respected member of the defense — was pissed off because he knew the story was bogus and got right in Shaw’s face about it. During the confrontation — which occurred right after the initial story about Shaw saving his 7-year-old nephew from drowning was posted on a USC media outlet — the player yelled at Shaw, ‘Why you lying?’
The situation got very intense very quickly — and several teammates rushed in to separate the two before things got violent.
Sarkisian did say Thursday that he could potentially see Shaw returning to the team, but that issue will be delayed until Shaw’s ankles heal, at least.
USC hosts Fresno State on Saturday to kick off the 2014 season.