Former NFL and University of Tennessee football player Albert Haynesworth is calling for a boycott of the Volunteers football program.
In a post Facebook reacting to the hiring of Josh Heupel, who was named the Vols' 27th coach on Wednesday, Haynesworth called for Black alumni from the university to join him in boycotting the Vols, citing "systematic racism" as the primary reason.
Haynesworth criticized Tennessee for failing to interview Tee Martin, the Vols' wide receivers coach and former quarterback, for the opening. Haynesworth signed with the Vols in 1999, just a few months after Martin led Tennessee to its only modern national championship.
"Obviously Tennessee Vols take Tee Martin for granted!" Haynesworth wrote in a post on Facebook. "Why do (expletive) on him, hell he even reduce his salary to help the university out when he didn’t have to?? Is it bc he’s black? UT won’t even interview him."
Haynesworth wrote that he "will not be attending any games or supporting until I see change in the university that I love so much." He said Tennessee has never paid Black coaches their due diligence, specifically mentioning former Tennessee assistant Kippy Brown, who was a candidate in 2009.