|Grambling defensive back Naquan Smith tweeted this picture of a bench in the Grambling weight facility. (via Twitter)|
New developments continue to emerge more than 24 hours after Grambling State’s players refused to show up to travel for a road game. Early Saturday, ESPN obtained a letter from Grambling players expressing their grievances with the administration. The letter touched on everything from unsanitary conditions in the weight room to long bus trips to coaching decisions.
“The athletic complex is a place where we as a team prepare for competition. In our opinion, the complex is in horrible condition, and has many hazards that may contribute to our overall health. First, the complex is filled with mildew and mold. Mildew and mold can be seen on the ceiling, walls and floor, and are contributing to water leaks because of faltering walls and ceilings. Grambling student-athletes are not the only ones complaining about this particular hazard. When Lamar University came to play our team they refused to go in the locker room for half time due to mold and mildew.”
Saturday evening, Grambling defensive back Naquan Smith went one step further–he showed the world exactly what he and his teammates have been using as a weight facility.
Smith says the team will not speak again until Monday.
Stay tuned to HBCU Gameday for updates.