In a boycott that lasted a couple days, the University of Minnesota football team decided they will end their boycott and play in the Holiday Bowl.
The boycott stemmed from 10 football players who were suspended after a university investigation for their roles in an alleged sexual assault at the university. The players were boycotting until the suspended players were reinstated, claiming the university treated them unfairly and criticized the university of a lack of communication in regard to the investigation.
Holiday Bowl officials were scrambling to have a contingency plan just in case Minnesota wasn’t going to play. Northern Illinois was considered to play against Washington State if Minnesota didn’t play.
In a statement, the football players expressed that they were boycotting to overturn the suspensions and when the university essentially called their bluff and wouldn’t do that, the players ended the boycott.
Correction: Here is the full statement by #Gophers wide receiver Drew Wolitarksky on decision to end boycott, play in Holiday Bowl pic.twitter.com/ITUFSapnQU
— Mike Hendrickson (@MHendrickson18) December 17, 2016
Also in that statement, the players want to “bring more exposure to the issue of sexual harassment and violence against women.” Maybe they are sincere and will actually turn this into a positive learning and teaching experience (really the only positive that could possibly come out of this) but considering they originally called for a boycott because 10 players were suspended for an alleged sexual assault, they are currently and rightly losing in the court of public opinion right now.