JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - An Arkansas State University football player said the school violated his free speech after the team altered a cross decal on the back of his helmet.
The player said he feels the university censored the helmet sticker, which was shaped like a cross to honor two team members who recently passed away. It is now a bar with the initials of former player Markel Owens and former equipment manager Barry Weyer, Jr.
ASU has until Wednesday to reinstate the stickers and publicly acknowledge that players have the right to express themselves or face more legal action. Jeremy Dys with Liberty Institute represents that player and said they will reach a resolution.
"I think we've got good people working on this down there in Little Rock and in Jonesboro and I think this is gong to be resolved," Dys said.
According to a letter from the Liberty Institute, the player felt the university tried to censor him. The group representing the player said he wishes to remain anonymous for fear of retaliation by the university.