University of Arizona linebacker Santino Marchiol has been dropped after a damning video emerged, allegedly from Marchiol’s account, in which the recent transfer calls his former Texas A&M teammates ‘monkeys’.
Coach Kevin Sumlin made the announcement on Monday, following the fallout from a 17-minute clip which features two people narrating A&M scrimmage footage from April where running back Keldrick Carper is repeatedly referred to as a monkey.
Near the beginning of the video, an unidentified woman asks who was wearing No. 26 and carrying the ball.
A male voice replies: ‘Uh, yeah, one of those monkeys,’ as Marchiol tackles Carper.
The woman can then be heard saying, ‘Oh my God, you got him again,’ as another clip shows Marchiol making a tackle.
The male voice again refers to another player as a ‘monkey’, saying ‘they call him the ‘monkey safety,’ roughly 10 minutes later.
The video has since been deleted from the Hudl account where it was first seen. Hudl is a website used by teams to distribute practice videos and for players to publicize their highlights.
Attempts to reach Hudl to verify that it was Marchiol’s account were unsuccessful.
The account also had clips from Marchiol’s high school days in Colorado, Sports Day reported.
Thomas Mars, Marchiol’s attorney who is representing him in his attempt to be eligible this season at Arizona, said he will make inquiries to determine if it was his client who called the players ‘monkeys.’
Arizona University linebacker Santino Marchiol has been dropped after a damning video emerged, allegedly from Marchiol’s account, in which the footballer calls his former Texas A&M teammates ‘monkeys’
‘I was completely unaware about any questions on the background of any of these videos,’ Mars said.
The footage from the scrimmage was posted two days before Marchiol alleged that A&M committed multiple NCAA violations and mistreated an injury.
Mars, says he is ‘heartbroken’ over the dismissal.
‘As someone who helped lead the effort to advance diversity in the legal profession, served on the National Urban League board, and worked closely with people like Dennis Archer, Rev. Al Sharpton, and other prominent African-American leaders, I understand and respect the University’s decision,’ Mars said in a statement given to ESPN.
‘On the other hand, as someone who’s grown close to Santino and who knows the quality of his character, the depth of his faith, and the sincerity of his convictions, I’m heartbroken,’ Mars continued. ‘What can be heard on the highlights video doesn’t reflect the values or beliefs of the young man that I’ve come to know.’
Marchiol, who was heavily recruited in high school, recently told USA Today that he had been giving money at Texas A&M by Aggies assistants to host recruits on unofficial visits – a potential NCAA violation. He also alleged that new Texas A&M coach Jimbo Fisher’s coaching staff conducted improper offseason workouts and the training staff mishandled an ankle injury he suffered during practice.
The purpose of Marchiol’s allegations were to sidestep an NCAA rule that requires Division 1 transfers to sit out a year. The NCAA now allows transfers to play immediately, but only if the transfer occurred because of ‘documented mitigating circumstances that are outside the student-athlete’s control and directly impact the health, safety and well-being of the student-athlete.’
A&M released a statement saying the school was looking into the matter Fisher said he welcomed all inquiries into the allegations and felt confident in the way A&M has operated since he was hired in December.
Sumlin previously served as the coach at Texas A&M, and even recruited Marchiol to the Aggies before being replaced by Fisher, who was lured to the Aggies with a 10-year, $75 million contract.