Minnesota wide receiver lights up coaching staff before quitting team
Golden Gophers wide receiver A.J. Barker quit the team ahead of their final game for what he called mistreatment by coaches. He explained his decision in a lengthy tirade on Tumblr. It paints Jerry Kill and the rest of the staff as liars, manipulators and tyrants.
Because of a late season ankle injury, Barker has been forced to sit out the last three games. Despite that he leads the team in catches, yards, and touchdowns. It’s a big blow for a team in dire need of talent at the skill position.
We’ve highlighted some of Barker’s rant below but if you have a chance, read the whole thing.
-Now, in honor of my family and myself I’m done with you for good. In light of that pathetic, manipulative display of rage and love you put on this past Thursday, I have come to the decision, with the guidance of my parents and my closest friends, that my time on this team has come to an end. It kills me that I have to do this before the season’s over, but this is the only way I can protect myself against the manipulation and abuse I’d have to endure from you the rest of this season.
There’s nothing special about me?
I’m a dime a dozen?
You don’t know what “fucked up things happened to me to screw me up so much as a person”?
My stock fell as a person since I got injured?
You had 5 of me at Northern Illinois?
You say I’ll never earn a scholarship under you? That I don’t deserve one?
…And then you followed this outburst of rage with an attempt to love me in the most manipulative, deceitful way possible.
You “love” me?
You think I can be a special player?
You think I have what it takes to go to the NFL?
Me and you are the same?
I think I have life all figured out?
-“It was during this discussion that you came over and exploded on me in front of the entire team in our indoor facility. “YOU DON’T FU***** GET TO TELL THE TRAINER WHAT YOU DO!” followed by a 20 minute tyraid where you attacked everything about me, from an athlete to my character as a person. I took every word of it replying faithfully “Yes sir. Yes sir. No, sorry sir” and watched as you demeaned me to a point of no return. You took the one thing you had a say in (my football playing career and my future) and you held it against me in an attempt to break me, going as far as to tell me I’ll never get a scholarship or see the field again.”