JONESBORO – Arkansas State University (ASU) has reversed its decision to ban crosses from being placed on back of the university’s football helmets.
“This is a great victory for the players of Arkansas State University,” Hiram Sasser , Liberty Institute Litigation director, wrote in a statement released to media.
“According to the letter we received from the university and communications from the Arkansas Attorney General office, the players will be allowed to place the original cross sticker design on their helmets in the original location if they so choose,” wrote Sasser.
Liberty Institute is a national non-profit legal group dedicated to the defending religious liberty. On Sept. 15 the organization submitted a letter to Arkansas State demanding that the university “Restore Student Memorial to Fallen Members of the Football Program,” with 48 hours.
Arkansas State received national attention after the school’s administration and legal council called for crosses placed on the back of the university’s football team’s helmets to be removed.
The crosses were added to ASU helmets by members of the football team as a way to honor juniors Markel Owens, a former team member, and Barry Weyer, the team’s equipment manager, both of whom died. The cross on the helmet included the initials of Owens and Weyer.