The Grambling football team may be back at practice, but the drama from its forfeited game against Jackson State may be going on for a while.
Jackson State announced Tuesday that it would be suing Grambling State after the players refused to travel to the game, which was Jackson State's homecoming game. The Grambling players were boycotting after they had expressed displeasure with the state of the program.
"Grambling repeatedly assured us its team would travel to Jackson. Late Friday afternoon they informed us their student athletes would not travel to Jackson for our scheduled game. We have dealt in good faith with Grambling and the Southwestern Athletic Conference. The actions of both have hurt JSU," the school said in a statement.
"The SWAC commissioner did not return calls from our director of athletics the entire week. The Clarion-Ledger reported the SWAC commissioner would be meeting with folks at Grambling and JSU. We haven’t seen him, nor has he called.
Jackson State University’s and the city of Jackson’s losses could be in the millions. It would be irresponsible for JSU to fail to pursue some redress."
After consulting with former coach Doug Williams, who was fired in September, the team made the decision to go back to practice on Monday. On Tuesday, Muscle Milk donated 384 cases of product to the team after players said that they had to purchase it out of their own pockets. Players also said that there was mold and mildew in team facilities and on team equipment and that they had to drink water from a hose during practice.
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