A team from the New York Jets is set to open a new campus near Madison County Schools, which the team called home since the 1940s.
The Jets announced Monday that they plan to build a $1.6 billion complex in the southeastern Missouri town of Madison, about 75 miles north of the University of Missouri.
The team has not released any details about the project, but the announcement comes as the Jets are under scrutiny after it was revealed that some of the Jets players used a racial slur in a video posted on Instagram.
The team said it would open the facility in 2019.
A spokeswoman for the team declined to comment.
The move comes as some in the community are upset that the Jets did not do more to address racial issues in the football program.
Madison County Schools Superintendent Brian D. Smith said he plans to hold a meeting with the Jets’ ownership and the team’s corporate offices to discuss the project.
Smith would not elaborate.
The Jets were not immediately available for comment.
In the video, Jets players refer to each other as “chicks,” “pigs” and “n—–s.”
They are then shown talking about the way blacks and other minorities are treated at their schools.
Smith said the school district is working with local law enforcement to investigate the incident and to remove the video from the internet.
The district is also in the process of revising its policies on the use of language by the team and on the social media platforms it uses, Smith said.
The video was posted in October and received more than 1.5 million views.
The NFL’s Jets did open a facility in Madison for a year after the team left for New York City.
The New York Giants opened a facility on the same campus in 2014.