MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – After Gopher football coach Tracy Claeys stood by his players during a controversial boycott over the suspension of 10 players, a petition is calling for the University of Minnesota to fire him.'She Was A Jewel': Community Holds Vigil For Victim Of Quadruple Homicide
“Have never been more proud of our kids,” Claeys tweeted. “I respect their rights & support their effort to make a better world!”
The 10 players were suspended in connection with a sexual assault investigation. After the suspensions were announced, players said they would boycott all football activities, including the Holiday Bowl.
Two days after announcing the boycott, however, the players ended it.Woman Critically Injured In Minneapolis Shooting
The petition, created by Nancy Bitenc, says Claeys’ tweet is “not at all acceptable.”
“Claeys’ tweet expressing his pride in the team failed to mention or acknowledge the importance of respecting women. Further, it did not condemn violence, sexual assault or disrespect of women.”
As of Tuesday morning, the petition had over 1,200 signatures, including many University of Minnesota alumni and former state legislator Betty Folliard.
“Tracy Claeys should have been the adult in the room when the Gophers went off on a tangent. He should have understood the optics of the situation,” Folliard wrote. “Instead he stuck with entrenched, ‘boys will be boys’ thinking, and did irreparable damage to the reputation of the U of M. He needs to be removed from his employment.”MORE NEWS: Twins, Lynx, And Gophers Take Home Weekend Wins
The Gophers will play Washington State in the Holiday Bowl in San Diego at 6 p.m. Tuesday.