Legislation introduced in Missouri would strip college athletes of their scholarships if they refuse to play for any reason "unrelated to health."
The proposal, filed Friday by state Rep. Rick Brattin, comes a month after the University of Missouri was roiled by protests in which 30 black football players refused to show up unless President Tim Wolfe resigned. Days later, Wolfe announced he would step down.
Brattin's plan would revoke scholarships for any protesting college athlete and fine coaching staff members who encourage it. Brattin's office didn't immediately answer a request for comment.
The St. Louis Post Dispatch notes that Mizzou's athletic scholarships are raised through private resources and aren't linked to any state funds. It's unclear how the bill would affect money the state doesn't supply.
November's protests came after months of tension surrounding school administrators' lack of action addressing racially-motivated incidents on campus. The protests escalated when football players said they wouldn't play in their next game unless Wolfe resigned, which would've cost the school more than $1 million.
The team's coach, Gary Pinkel, said he supported the players' decision.
"They had tears in their eyes and asked if I would support them and I said I would -- it's about supporting my players when they needed me," Pinkel said at a news conference last month.
Mizzou later appointed Mike Middleton as interim president in a decision praised by student activists.
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