There’s further unrest within the Texas football program.
June 4, Longhorns wide receiver Brennan Eagles kicked up quite the kerfuffle by proclaiming, amidst police brutality and racial injustice, “I’ll be [damned] if you think I’ll play another snap with the platform I have that [affects the] majority of people that contribute to the sport who don’t actually play.” A week later, Texas student-athletes, including football players, took to social media en masse to spread their message: “We aim to hold the athletic department and university to a higher standard by not only asking them to keep their promise of condemning racism on our campus, but to go beyond this by taking action to make Texas more comfortable and inclusive for the black athletes and the black community that has so fervently supported this program.” Not long after, linebacker Juwan Mitchell publicly stated, “I do not feel comfortable representing the University of Texas.
After a couple of weeks of quiet on that front, DeMarvion Overshown has shattered it. In a statement posted to Twitter, the linebacker announced that, “until real action is taken and changes are made I will be sitting out of all team activities.”
“We have been told that things are being done behind close(d) doors but have yet to see any changes,” Overshown added.
Until We Are One. pic.twitter.com/OQN7xmjFRd
— DeMarvion Overshown (@dee_overshown6) July 2, 2020
The university has not responded to Overshown’s stance.
In their social-media message last month, the student-athletes laid out several areas of change they want to see enacted. Among them: renaming several buildings on campus, including James Hogg Auditorium; “replacement of statues with more diverse statues on campus designed by artists/sculptors who are people of color”; the UT Athletic Department donating .5% of its annual earnings to black organizations and the Black Lives Matter movement; and replacing “The Eyes of Texas with a new song without racist undertones.”
The athletes suggested lifting the requirement of athletes to sing a song that was established in 1903 during a period of lynchings and Jim Crow society, the Daily Texan wrote two years ago.
Overshown, a junior, has appeared in 17 games during his two seasons with the Longhorns.