State lawmaker abandons bill to strip scholarships if athletes strike

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) – A Missouri state lawmaker has withdrawn a bill that sought to strip scholarships from college athletes who go on strike or refuse to play for reasons unrelated to health.

Republican state Rep. Rick Brattin dropped the legislation Wednesday without explanation. Neither he nor a GOP co-sponsor, state Rep. Kurt Bahr, immediately responded to phone messages seeking comment.

The duo proposed the measure Friday in response to last month’s threat by University of Missouri football players to not play due to the administration’s handling of racial discrimination complaints at its main campus.

The players’ participation in the efforts to affect change helped force both the university system’s president and Columbia campus’ chancellor to resign.