A Liberty University women's basketball player is transferring due to what she says "racial insensitivities shown within the leadership and culture simply does not align with my moral compass or personal convictions."
On Thursday the freshman guard Asia Todd announced her decision to leave the Liberty women's basketball program in a video on Twitter.
Announcement: I have entered my name into the Transfer Portal and will no longer be attending Liberty University 🙏🏽 pic.twitter.com/LwESGkjwNs
— Asia Todd🔛🔝🔜🏀 (@hoopersgalore_) June 11, 2020
There are times when Todd's voice cracks during her announcement and notes that it was a difficult decision for her to make. She says that the program, the coaches and players on the Flames were 'amazing' but she had to do what's best for her and "to stand up for what is right."
Liberty University is a private evangelical Christian university. It's president, Jerry Falwell Jr., is a longtime controversial figure and has been criticized for his stance on the LGBTQ community and other societal issues for several years.
Earlier this week, Falwell tweeted out an insensitive photo in regards to Virginia governor Ralph Northam's call for all individuals to wear face coverings indoors. In the sense-deleted tweet, Falwell said "If I am ordered to wear a mask, I will reluctantly comply, but only if this picture of Governor Blackface himself is on it!" He included an old image of Northam who was wearing Blackface that surfaced in 2019.
Immediately there was backlash from several alumni, staff and other prominent civil rights activists. He tweeted an apology once he deleted the original comments.
With the Flames, Todd quickly became a starter during her first collegiate season. She averaged 8.6 points per game and was the team's top 3-point shooter (41.3%). The 5-9 guard was a huge member of her local community in Cary, NC during her high school days. She received a local media outlet's Extra Assist Award by being an avid volunteer and attending events such as the John Wall Back to School Giveaway.
Todd will have to sit a season at her new school unless given an exemption waiver.
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