LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) – A women’s basketball player at Liberty University says she is transferring because of â€œracial insensitivities shown within the leadership and cultureâ€ of the school.
Rising sophomore Asia Tod made the announcement in a video posted on Twitter.
Todd, wearing a â€œBlack Lives Matterâ€ T-shirt, praised the coaching staff at Liberty and her teammates, but said the conduct by school leaders do â€œnot align with my moral compass or personal convictions.â€
The decision, she added, was â€œsimply bigger than basketball.â€
Last season, Todd averaged 8.6 points, playing more than 23 minutes a game.
Earlier this week, Liberty President Jerry Falwell Jr. apologized for a tweet in late May deemed inappropriate by nearly three dozen black alumni who rebuked him publicly.
In the tweet, Falwell said he was â€œadamantly opposedâ€ to a mask mandate from Gov. Ralph Northam to help stop the spread of the coronavirus â€œuntil I decided to design my own.â€ With it, he posted a picture of a person in blackface and another in the Ku Klux Klan costume. The photo appeared on Northamâ€™s medical yearbook page and – when made public last year – sparked a scandal that nearly forced the Democrat from office.
In his apology on Twitter, Falwell said â€œI actually refreshed the trauma that image had caused and offended some by using the image to make a political point.â€
He said he had deleted the tweet.