JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A cross placed on the back of the Arkansas State University football team's helmets will be modified after a complaint.
Athletic Director Terry Mohajir said Wednesday afternoon an attorney contacted the school concerned about a religious symbol on a public university's equipment. Mohajir said the decision to place the cross with the letters M.O. and B.W. came from the players and coaches. Player Markel Owens was murdered and equipment manager Barry Weyer, Jr. died in a car accident after last season.
Mohajir says after speaking with the university's legal counsel they will modify the sticker removing any religious symbols, but keeping the initials.
In a statement released by the university, Mohajir stated:
In January, Owens and his stepfather were shot and killed during a home invasion in Jackson, Tennessee. Three suspects were arrested and charged in that case.
Weyer was an equipment manager with the football team before he died in a vehicle crash along with three others in early June.