Defensive end Marcell Frazier stood somberly against a wall of the Mizzou Athletics Training Complex, surrounded by a dozen reporters. The senior calmly answered questions about the Tigers’ 31-13 loss to South Carolina.
It’s not uncommon for media members to gather around a player, but it was unusual for that player to be Frazier. The lineman was breaking a silence that had lasted since June, when he announced that he would not talk to local media members in 2017.
I will not be available to any local media this season. I gain nothing from it. I am still an amateur, not binded to do interviews (yet).
— Marcell Frazier (@FederalFrazier) June 20, 2017
“I gain nothing from it,” he said in a tweet. “I am still an amateur, not binded to do interviews (yet).”
But, after the South Carolina game ended, Frazier told Missouri strategic communications officials that he wanted to show leadership. He was not ending his boycott after a breakout win, instead choosing to speak following a painful loss.
Frazier did not say anything monumental after the game, focusing on the team’s losing performance and looking ahead to Saturday’s contest with Purdue. But, for his teammates, the fact that he spoke was an example of leadership that has been present throughout the season.
“He started taking some of the blow, so (the media) won’t keep coming at other guys,” linebacker Terez Hall said. “I’m glad he’s back doing what he has to do so he can show the world that he’s not a mean guy.”
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