Marcus Stokes, a four-star quarterback lost his scholarship at the University of Florida back in November because he was singing song lyrics that contained the N-word in a car.
Now according to the NY Post, he has been offered another scholarship — at HBCU Albany State.
Marcus Stokes video pic.twitter.com/8HgZTQcvpa
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The quarterback recruit out of Nease High School in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. had committed to play for head coach Billy Napier at the University of Florida in the summer. But after the video surfaced, Florida rescinded Stokes’ scholarship.
However, Stokes announced on Twitter that he was “blessed” to receive his “first HBCU offer” to play at Albany State, tagging head coach Quinn Gray in the tweet. (HBCU stands for historically black colleges and universities).
“It’s very unique. Very interesting,” Marcus’ father, Kevin Stokes, told 247 Sports. “We didn’t expect this at all.”
It’s unclear if he will accept the offer. Stokes also tweeted that he is visiting Division II University West Florida. 247 Sports listed that he completed his UWF visit on Wednesday.
Stokes, the 24th-ranked quarterback prospect in his graduating class, apologized for the slur in a Twitter post after he lost his scholarship with the Gators.
“I deeply apologize for the words in the song that I chose to say,” his statement read in part. “I fully accept the consequences for my actions and I respect the University of Florida’s decision to withdraw my scholarship offer to play football.”
There are two schools of thought on this.
Many are mad at Albany for the offer, and some are calling people out for selective outrage.
Marcus Stokes after a semester at Albany State pic.twitter.com/99C4CuFh37
— Tristan (@AyoTristan) January 26, 2023
Y’all mad at Albany State for offering Marcus Stokes a scholarship after rapping the N word. Yet that’s all they play and rap in locker rooms and practice. #selectiveoutrage
— ♦Jooley Yahn Tahd♦ (@KingJulianOG) January 26, 2023
I can guarantee that video of Marcus Stokes saying nigga wasn’t the first or last time he’s said that word. And I know Albany State is going to push it as he made a mistake and is going to change with proper guidance and leadership. No thank you.
— gee. (@geeondruh) January 26, 2023
I’m sickened by your offer to Marcus Stokes. What colonized mind at Albany State athletics thought this was a good decision? #albanystateuniversity
— 757Transplant (@RebelG69) January 26, 2023
A WHITE quarterback recruit who loses a DIV-1 scholarship for saying the N-WORD, receives a new offer from a BLACK college (HBCU) @wusa9
Here’s my take: pic.twitter.com/4VzXPfhypv
— Darren M. Haynes (@DarrenMHaynes) January 26, 2023