Illini Players Don Headdresses at Charity EventCHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) - A spokesman for Illinois' football program says coach Tim Beckman doesn't plan to reprimand players who wore American Indian headdresses and face paint at a charity event. However, Beckman will talk to the team about the situation.
Kent Brown said yesterday that Beckman will remind the team about "the sensitivity of the issue on our campus."
Illinois faced NCAA sanctions until it retired the Chief Illiniwek mascot in 2007. Some native Americans said the mascot was offensive.
Brown said the Friday charity event at Memorial Stadium was organized by the student group Uplifting Athletes and not team sanctioned. Beckman was not there.
Much of the football team was at the event. One group wore headdresses. A group photo was posted to the Fighting Illini Facebook page, but later taken down.
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