The Denton Record-Chronicle’s Brett Vito reports a third member of the North Texas football squad has leveled charges of racial bias against the program.
“I think there is a racial issue with the team,” said Gary Oubre, a defensive back who quit the team two weeks ago. “I don’t think they can deal with black college athletes. That is why I didn’t make an argument and just left the team. It was just an uncomfortable situation and not a healthy atmosphere.”
Fellow defensive back Dominique Green filed a complaint with the NAACP on Monday after he was suspended for an incident on the sideline during the Mean Green’s loss to Middle Tennessee on Saturday. Green said he was suspended for saying, “We are from the hood.”
UNT head coach Todd Dodge (above) disputed that claim, saying that Green was insubordinate to coaches and used inappropriate language. Sophomore defensive back Desmon Chatman, who was suspended earlier in the season, joined Green’s complaint on Tuesday.
Oubre believes more players will come forward when the NAACP takes statements and as the investigation progresses. Cain said earlier in the week that the NAACP would try to mediate the dispute and would take the players’ claims to the university’s administration if it found they had merit.
“Once this gets going and guys feel like they can come forward, more will,” Oubre said. “When I saw that these guys were serious, I thought that I should speak up.”