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USC football continues to have the worst week ever as senior Anthony Brown quits team and calls Coach Steve Sarkisian a racist


Steve Sarkisian (Jae C. Hong/AP)

USC is finding itself in the media for all the wrong reasons this week. First, there’s the saga of Josh Shaw, who broke both his ankles this weekend by jumping off a balcony for an unknown reason. And now senior Anthony Brown is accusing the team’s coach, Steve Sarkisian, of being a racist.

Brown quit the team on Thursday afternoon and then took to social media, where he posted both on Facebook and Instagram the phrase, “Couldn’t play for a racist man!!!!”

As to what Sarkisian allegedly did that led to Brown’s abrupt resignation is unknown, but according to CBS Sports, Brown also posted on Instagram, “Sark treated me like a slave in his office.” Ryan Abraham, the owner and publisher of USCFootball.com, reports Sarkasian was “shocked” by the allegations, which the coach described as “ridiculous.” Sarkisian instead explained to reporters in USC’s media room that Brown quit after being urged to switch from cornerback to running back. Brown refused and quit, Sarkisian explained (via Abraham). The general reaction to the latest USC debacle has been “Huh?” But at least one USC player has publicly come to his coach’s defense. 

Sarkisian is about to begin his first regular season as USC’s head coach. Clearly, his tenure is not starting off as planned. USC fans are hoping these odd off-the-field activities don’t hamper the team’s on-field efforts. USC — without Shaw and now without Brown, apparently — is set to play Fresno State on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. EDT.

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Marissa Payne writes for The Early Lead, a fast-breaking sports blog, where she focuses on what she calls the “cultural anthropological” side of sports, aka “mostly the fun stuff.” She is also an avid WWE fan.
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