Los Angeles, CA, United States (4E Sports) – Former USC senior running back Anthony Brown said that he quit the team a week ago because of what he considers head coach Steve Sarkisian’s racism.
Brown posted on Instagram Thursday that the coach treated him “like a slave in his office.”
He did not mention specifics about why he felt that way and the posts were later deleted.
Sarkisian said that he was shocked by Brown’s comments which he described as ridiculous and that the player never expressed those feelings when they met earlier this week.
Brown has been sidelined most of training camp with a hyperextended elbow.
He switched to running back from cornerback earlier this month.
“We obviously tried to encourage him not to quit. We thought he could be an asset to our team, especially when healthy,” Sarkisian said. “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.”
Several current Trojans and Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Matt Leinart immediately jumped on social media to defend Sarkisian.
“I know Sark as well as anyone,” said Leinart on Twitter. “He is the farthest thing from a racist. This is a ridiculous claim!”