Post by Riggo Drill on Dec 1, 2019 12:34:52 GMT -5
I didn’t know this history, nor the fact that our own Tony McGee was one of the banished players, and only one of two that went on to NFL careers.
Fifty years after the ‘Black 14’ were banished, Wyoming football reckons with the past
Then Tony McGee, a star defensive lineman, interjected.
When the team had traveled to Provo the year prior, BYU players spit on him and took cheap shots at his knees, McGee said. Referees, and even his own coach, had ignored his complaints about racist taunts. When Wyoming’s black players walked back to the locker room after the game, someone turned on the field sprinklers, drenching them.
“I don’t have a problem with Mormons,” he told his teammates. “I have a problem with my treatment on the field.”
Ultimately, the players decided not to join the Black Student Alliance’s protest, but rather to stage their own, with each of them wearing a black armband with a white “14” on the side. It was meant as a warning: if you mess with one of us, you’ve messed with all 14 of us.
But first, they decided, they would talk to Coach Eaton.