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Updated: Minnesota responds to allegations from WR

A.J. Barker, Gavin Roberts AP

Well, this is interesting.

Minnesota’s leading receiver, A.J. Barker, is leaving the football team with the Gophers bowl eligible and the season-finale against Michigan State coming up this weekend. Barker has missed the past three games with an ankle injury, but his departure appears to be linked directly to coach Jerry Kill. Barker made the announcement Sunday on his Twitter page.

But Barker also wrote a lengthy blog post titled “My Letter to Jerry Kill” in which he accuses Kill of “pathetic, manipulative display of rage and love” in addition to other harsh words. The entire post is quite bizarre (and angry). That’s putting it lightly too.

Minnesota hasn’t responded to the post yet, but what Kill has to say about the accusations will be interesting.

Barker, a non-scholarship player, was far and away the best receiver for UM this year with 30 catches, 577 yards and seven touchdowns. His loss hurts — the Gophers are 1-2 in his absence — but this story has now taken a strange twist.

Updated 9:04 p.m. ET: Minnesota has released a response to the allegations from former wide receiver A.J. Barker regarding the accusations he made in a blog post directed at coach Jerry Kill:

“Coach Kill received an email from A.J. Barker today notifying the Coach that he has quit the team. Coach Kill tried reaching out to A.J. after receiving the email, but was unable to connect with him. We understand A.J.’s frustration with his injury, and we regret that he has chosen to leave the team on these terms. Our concern first and foremost is student athletes and we wish A.J. well.”

Updated 10: 11 p.m. ET: The Pioneer Press was able to catch up with Barker about the allegations of mistreatment he received from Jerry Kill. You can read the story HERE. Barker talks about his ankle injury and how it affected his standing (so to speak) with Kill. As for the decision to write a lengthy rant directed at his now-former head coach, Barker said “You’re allowed to have your own voice now, and people want the truth. I get that I’m going to look bad to a lot of people. But I believe in the idea that people should be honest about it.”

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32 Responses to “Updated: Minnesota responds to allegations from WR”
  1. drmonkeyarmy says: Nov 18, 2012 6:35 PM

    Does anybody find it odd that their best receiver was not on scholarship?

  2. trojanwarrior007 says: Nov 18, 2012 6:49 PM

    ^
    According to his letter the coach vowed never to give him one.

  3. istateyourname says: Nov 18, 2012 7:07 PM

    If that dude’s not a psychology major, he’s missing his calling. Quit the team, write a thesis, two birds with one stone! Hope he makes it in the NFL, that coach sounds like a d!ck.

  4. thejjtrain says: Nov 18, 2012 7:10 PM

    I can understand not getting along with Kill, and transferring, but calling the guy out in public wont solve anything and hurts his chances at another school, let alone the NFL.

  5. normtide says: Nov 18, 2012 7:16 PM

    Kids are so soft today. Quit a team? Publicly trash your coach? Way to much drama for a human possessing gonads. I was taught that life if tough, grit your teeth and always move forward. But these kids, someone does not baby them, they quit and cry. If you can’t cut it, move on, no use in drawing attention to the fact that your not man enough.

  6. buckeye94 says: Nov 18, 2012 7:33 PM

    I read the letter I don’t think it’ll hurt him. He constantly talked about his work ethic and always provided multiple reasons for his decision.
    @normtide
    Kids are soft these days? Im going to assume your ignorance got the best of you and you have not read the blog. Smh

  7. buckeye94 says: Nov 18, 2012 7:37 PM

    @normtide
    I really can’t get over what you said it just makes me laugh. I know in my last post I said you were ignorant but that’s an understatement now…your just a dumba** who im positive didn’t read the blog. Man enough…he would be a coward just walking out instead he’s leaving and took a stand I don’t believe he’s taking shots but warning everyone of this guy

  8. normtide says: Nov 18, 2012 7:41 PM

    This is a drama move, nothing less. If he had to move on, prove they were wrong by actions, not words. I take it you don’t understand that essay is totally one sided. And do really think a coach would want his best wr to transfer? Especially if he was such a great, hard working kid? No, as usual today, thus kid did nothing wrong and was just getting picked on.

  9. brewcrewfan54 says: Nov 18, 2012 7:41 PM

    This guy doesn’t sound like a guy who can’t hack it. He sounds like a guy who has been treated poorly and isn’t going tostand there and take it. He shouldn’t have to. He had an injuryand not only does it sound like the coaching and training staff keep him in the dark about it they also belittled him for not playing when they knew he couldn’t. Sounds like a bunch of jerks to me. Come to Wisconsin AJ and learn what its like to win the Paul Bunyan Axe.

  10. normtide says: Nov 18, 2012 7:44 PM

    Classless name calling reveals your character, not mine buckeye. I stand by my post. Ofc this kid is prefect, if not, he would have wrote that too.

  11. hovenaut says: Nov 18, 2012 7:51 PM

    I didn’t take the time to, uh, read it…but I’m guessing the blog is titled “I mad, bro”.

    Either way, stay frosty kid.

  12. buckeye94 says: Nov 18, 2012 7:51 PM

    @normtide
    Let me fill you in. The kid suffered an injury. The coaches and trainers knew his injury and did NOT tell him but had him play. The injury got worse and coach kill had the kid do some practice but the kid looking out for his health removed himself mid way through the practice and went to the injury practice. Afterwards he talked with the coach and said he could not handle the regular practice due to injury. The coach ranted about 15 minz about how the kid would never be anything and he would have to work his way back up the depth chart. That was also in front of the whole team. He was also told he amounted to nothing and was a f*** up in life. The kid responded in yes sir and no sir full time. Now normtide please sit on your ass and tell me how this kid is wrong and not a man.
    PS- the kid also stated another coach called him a faggot for his religious beliefs. And FYI the injury the kid had was a torn ATL.

  13. buckeye94 says: Nov 18, 2012 7:55 PM

    @normtide
    You really want to go there di** shi* at least I’m not an ignorant dumba** excuse of a bas**** who as this coach did belittle people. Get over yourself just because he didn’t do what you would have done does not make him any less of a man

  14. 69jaredallen69 says: Nov 18, 2012 8:10 PM

    Barker has a history of trashing coaches…a few months back he DESTROYED his high school coach with a rant. That letter may seem therapeutic to him now but down the line it will have consequences. The first thing employers will see when they search him will be him trashing a coach when times got tough.

  15. normtide says: Nov 18, 2012 8:10 PM

    And you know this because both sides have stated it? Or, are you just believing what this kid wrote? Or if this based on s rivalry between minn and osu? I have never heard a bad word about coach Kill. Also, if I post an essay on Meyer, will that make it true? Again, why would a coach want his best wr gone? This is just a kid trying to get on the first jab. I, for one, won’t make a sweeping statement after hearing one side of the story. Chances are, the coach will show some class and not reveal why this kid needed to transfer. There is two sides to every story.

  16. ningenito78 says: Nov 18, 2012 8:16 PM

    Normtide is right. I read the whole blog and it’s pretty pathetic. Anybody that would write something like that most likely was a pampered little sh*t that couldn’t handle rejection. Buckeye- ever occur to you that this is only one side of the story? How do you know the kid is telling the truth? Because he wrote a blog on tumblr so it must be right?

  17. buckeye94 says: Nov 18, 2012 8:22 PM

    Smh ok whatever. Idk what rivalry is between minn and osu. The point wasn’t what he did/said. What if he is telling the truth? My honest problem is you just saying how kids these days are soft and he’s not a man because he didnt do what you thought he should have done. The old ways are not always the best or right ways. As one teacher once said ignorance is not an option.

  18. suprmous says: Nov 18, 2012 8:22 PM

    Geesh Louise, this kid needs to go to Anger Managment for sure. I don’t give a rat’s ass if he’s red, yellow, black, or white no kid should be talking to any adult this way. And what makes you others want to disrespect yourselves the way you are by doin the same thing? As a female I just don’t get it, as to how you guys wanna come off as thinkin you’re macho by swearin up one side and down the other. Besides if he didn’t wanna play what was he doin there to begin with? Normtide, I’m sure you’ve had your opinion of me but I do believe you’re right on some of your points.

  19. buckeye94 says: Nov 18, 2012 8:25 PM

    @ninjento
    Just had to get your ass in didn’t you…read my last post to normtide and you will see why I “ranted”

  20. brewcrewfan54 says: Nov 18, 2012 8:29 PM

    There are 2 sides to every story but apparently 2 parts of his can be verified by his teammates: him getting berated for 15 minutes in front of the team and being called a “faggot” for his religous beliefs. I’m by no means a prude but being called a “faggot” one time by a football coach is 1 time too many.

  21. normtide says: Nov 18, 2012 8:30 PM

    Super- I will never hold it against anyone because they love their team as much as I love mine. We have had debates, and none impact what I think about you as a person. That’s the beauty of this blog, it is great to debate and argue a little. You hold your opinion regardless of what others say, and I fully respect that.

  22. tmthydvs says: Nov 18, 2012 8:36 PM

    This will surely give Coach Kill another seizure.

  23. 69jaredallen69 says: Nov 18, 2012 8:41 PM

    Today’s athletes come from the generation where everybody gets a trophy and “fairness” is part of everything. It has created a sense of entitlement and has fostered the notion of you can say whatever you want without consequences.

  24. brewcrewfan54 says: Nov 18, 2012 8:55 PM

    If you read his blog how can you say he’s acting entitled? He disagrees with the way his injury was treated and he takes offense at the fact that his coach made accusations about him and his family that are unfounded. I would hope anyone, football player or not wouldn’t sit back and just take that from someone.

  25. ningenito78 says: Nov 18, 2012 9:03 PM

    I read your last post and it was just as stupid. You’re obviously one of the entitled little sh*ts I was referring to. That ‘blog’ he wrote was just a self serving heap of crap. Go read what all of Jerry Kill’s ex-players say about him. Seems Barker is in the minority. Anybody that would post an Internet rant trashing his coach is exactly that- an entitled, soft little turd.

  26. acmepackers says: Nov 18, 2012 9:11 PM

    As an alum, i think it’s safe to say this school is maddening. But this kid seems like a raging douche crybaby

  27. brewcrewfan54 says: Nov 18, 2012 9:13 PM

    If you’re talking to me ningenito Entitled is a word nobody would use to describe me. Maybe the blog is self serving but entitled? I would disagree you can get that from it. And as far as few of Kills former players have anything bad to say about him, a college football team has a roster of around 100 players. Most of these players have little actual contact with the head coach, they deal with their position coaches. So just because you don’t there’s not all of the sudden a long line of people willing to say Barker is right doesn’t mean he’s treated every one of his former and current players great.

  28. mrlaloosh says: Nov 18, 2012 9:32 PM

    It’s Minnesota. Who cares.

  29. buckeye94 says: Nov 18, 2012 9:35 PM

    I need to apologize to all the people on here that have been offended by what’s been put. I allowed a friend of mine to borrow my iPod and he did not log me out and has been posting in my name all day by accident. So if you have been offended I’m very sorry especially @ normtide I understand everyone is entitled to there own opinion and no one deserves to be called out like that and have that language used toward you so I truly am sorry and hope you will hold nothing against me the true buckeye94. For the record I really don’t care about this article it’s just some drama for the media to talk about now for the next few days

  30. suprmous says: Nov 18, 2012 9:47 PM

    Normtide, thanks for not letting the ramblings and rantings of another we’re familiar with influence your thinking regarding me. Shes really turned a lot of folks against me and as I’ve told another “I’m tryin”. Even those 3 jarheads of brothers I’ve got see me in a different light these days and are amazed at the change. But any who’s and what’s it. For a 60 yr old I guess some things still get to me such as manners and respect.

  31. bigd9484 says: Nov 19, 2012 2:44 PM

    Not saying its true or relevant, but as far as the people calling him entitled, he does state in his blog that his dad is proud to pay his whole tuition and doesn’t need a scholarship. Not sure how many of you out there can pay 16k/year for your kid without them shouldering some of the load…

  32. dissapointmentprone says: Nov 22, 2012 3:49 PM

    aj, have you heard about the lindberg baby!? Dude, this is what coaches do! Ride players hard for bullshit then build them back up. Do me a favor, reach down into your pants and make sure you still have a set of testicles, if not maybe you should think about joining the military, lol Nevermind you couldn’t hack it boy…

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