Greg Sankey isn’t happy, people.
Greg Sankey made the SEC’s official position on a potential new Mississippi gun law very clear on Wednesday.
According to a letter Sankey wrote to the leadership of Mississippi State and Ole Miss on Wednesday, league opponents likely “will decline opportunities” to play at each school if proposed gun legislation turns into law for the state of Mississippi.
Given the intense atmosphere surrounding athletic events, adding weapons increases meaningful safety concerns and is expected to negatively impact the intercollegiate athletics programs at your universities in several ways. If HB 1083 is adopted to permit weapons in college sports venues, it is likely that competitors will decline opportunities to play in Oxford and Starkville, game officials will decline assignments, personal safety concerns will be used against Mississippi’s universities during the recruiting process and fan attendance will be negatively impacted. When similar laws have been introduced in the past, the SEC office has received clear statements of concern from our member universities due to safety concerns associated with the passage of such laws intended to allow weapons at our athletic events and sports venues.
You may think that means the SEC is anti-Second Amendment. You’d be wrong. Sankey’s not making a political statement. Sankey’s anti-liability. He’s making the only kind of statement college sports administrators make seriously. He doesn’t want his league getting sued by a shooting victim.
Arkansas backed down in the face of similar pressure. It’ll be interesting to see if the Mississippi legislature does, too. It’ll be even more interesting if they don’t.