Rather than be disciplined, the Missouri football team members who refused to play last year until their race-related demands were met are receiving a national award.
The Tigers lost some final games last season because some of the football team refused to play to show solidarity with the protesters. But now, ESPN is presenting the team with an Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly Award, better known as an ESPY.
Horace Cooper of Project 21 thinks that sends the wrong message.
"This award says that if you have a complaint, if you have some objection, that the best thing to do is to completely destroy the system," he says.
But Cooper thinks Missouri officials should stand up on principle.
"They should say that they disavow the ESPY award, that they do not believe that this is consistent with the way a university should operate, and that they are going to reinforce the idea that we can have disagreement in an agreeable fashion," the Project 21 spokesman submits.
Since the protests erupted, the university is expecting a $32 million drop in funding and a 1,500 drop in student enrollment this fall.