Three weeks ago Shotgun Spratling with the Conquest Chronicle interviewed USC RB Anthony Brown on camera at USC’s first scrimmage game at fall camp held at the Los Angeles Memorial Stadium. In light of Brown’s recent claims stating Coach Steve Sarkisian is racist, it is interesting to hear this 1 minute 46 second interview.
In the midst of hearin Brown say, “Ya know what I mean” an overwhelming number of times, Brown actually admits that he likes his new position, and sings Coach Sarkisian praises.
Brown is heard saying,
“It’s just…It’s just…Ya know what I mean?…At the end of the day…Ya know I’m just happy to be back on…on….on offense side of the ball, ya know what I mean?…So I’m just happy to be back over here…..Coach Sarkisian is a great coach, ya know what I mean?….His offense philosophy is what I like, ya know what I mean?”
Here is that interview:
So, what happened to make Anthony Brown suddenly quit the team and take to social media calling Sarkisian a racist after just saying he was a “great coach?”
TMZ reported the exact post Brown made by means of Instagram, Twitter and Facebook:
“Sark treated me like a slave in his Office…..can’t play for a racist MAN!!! #Fighton
Steve Sarkisian tells ESPN that he has been completely blindsided by Brown’s comments. Brown quit the team on August 21 of his own accord. Sarkisian wanted him to stay and asked him not to quit believing Brown could really help the team. Sarkisian had even given Brown back the position he requested.
“Anthony decided not to play football anymore. 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. He unfortunately got injured in training camp and was working his way back and decided he didn’t want to play anymore. It’s a bit unfortunate because we could have used him. We think he could have helped us.”
Sarkisian continues to tell ESPN, “As far as what Brown said on Twitter, I think it’s ridiculous. 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.”
But, things have only escalated with Anthony Brown. He has continued to speak out about his experience with Coach Sarkisian in his office. Brown tells TMZ he met with hostility when he walked into Sarkisian’s office to discuss where he stood on the team since he had been injured.
‘You have the f**king guts to walk in here — coward,” is how Brown says he was greeted by his coach.
Brown claims as the conversation continued,
“He stereotype my mom and dad. like he belittle me to another level….I just responded Yes Sir and No Sir…Never been treated like that before!! Don’t Wish it upon anyone! That’s who he is! The way he was talking to me… it was like a slave master talking to his slave.”
Brown did, however, admit to TMZ that Steve Sarkisian never once used the “N” word, or any other racial slur, for that matter. Brown just felt the overall “tone was racist.” What? Now there are tones?
Coach Sarkisian has had his feel this week, first dealing with the fallout from the lies told by his senior cornerback, Josh Shaw. According to New York Daily News, Shaw fabricated an elaborate story saying he had injured his ankles when he jumped from a “second-story balcony to a pool below to save his drowning nephew.” Beware the truth will always find you out, and it did for Shaw, who had to admit to lying.
Now, Sarkisian has to deal with Anthony Brown’s allegations.
Many players, present and past are coming to Sarkisian’s defense, such as Heisman Trophy winner Mark Leinart tweeting,
“I know Sark as well as anyone. He is the farthest thing from a racist. This is a ridiculous claim!”
And USC receiver George Farmer also tweeted,
“Coach Sark is who we all believe him to be. “Accusations like those couldn’t be more untrue.”
Sarkisian is trying to put his focus where it needs to be, telling ESPN,
“I’ve got over 100 guys in that locker room that are more important or just as important than these two isolated incidents. I owe it to those guys to do the best job that I can do to prepare our staff and to prepare them to play a great football game on Saturday, and that’s what my focus is on.”
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