Throughout this media circus that has persisted the last week or so, the San Francisco Chronicle has not once talked or addressed a current Cal football player on the roster. All players interviewed by the Chronicle in the original piece are no longer with the program.
(It would be nice if the Chronicle would try and hear all sides of the story instead of the one that parrots the narrative they've thrown out there, but I'm not their editorial director. Moving on.)
Now things have snowballed. The athletes are striking back.
Players on and from the California Golden Bears who know strength coach Damon Harrington were quick to jump to his defense the first time. Now that many Berkeley faculty are actively petitioning for his suspension, the players are once again leaping forward to offer support to their coach.
Running backs Vic Enwere and Tre Watson made it clear how disappointed they were in UC Berkeley faculty, alleging that they have openly been scorned by university professors for being athletes.
Defensive back Khari Vanderbilt
These articles keep coming at my strength coach, for what??? There is way more going on around the world go write about something else.— Khari Vanderbilt (@Khari2Smoove) July 6, 2016
Defensive back Darius Allensworth
all I know is my strength coach better be at the workout in the morning https://t.co/wesxCipZyF— Darius Allensworth (@_MoneyDA) July 6, 2016
Alarmingly, potential starting defensive lineman James Looney threatens to not play.
If Damon leaves I will seriously consider not playing this year!!!! https://t.co/mGo8xfJfIA— James Looney (@looneytunes561) July 6, 2016
On a more benign note, Bryce Treggs made a somewhat amusing tweet that will probably horrify many.
If Damon was really doing something wrong would EVERY player be going to bat for him?— Trigga (@BryceTreggs) July 6, 2016
Let Damon go and I'll say "St John Bosco High School" on Monday night football— Trigga (@BryceTreggs) July 6, 2016
The wild ride only gets wilder. With fall camp only a month away and summer workouts still in full swing, this has to be a giant headache for Sonny Dykes and the football program to have to endure.