Creighton Basketball Coach Tells Players To Stay On Plantation. He's Still Got His Job.
Written by Black Voices on March 3, 2021
Creighton College basketball coach Greg McDermott apologized Tuesday for urging his gamers “to remain on the plantation” in a misguided plea for togetherness.
“It’s not indicative of who I’m as an individual or as a coach,” he stated in a press release posted to Twitter. “I’m deeply sorry.”
McDermott, who’s white, acknowledged telling his racially various workforce after a loss to Xavier College on Saturday: “Guys, we received to stay collectively. We’d like each ft in. I would like everyone to remain on the plantation. I can’t have anyone depart the plantation.”
McDermott, 56, stated he instantly acknowledged his mistake and addressed the insensitivity with the workforce and employees.
Officers with the Omaha, Nebraska, faculty stated that “whereas an apology is a begin, and whereas we consider this was out of character for coach McDermott, under no circumstances does it diminish the truth that his comment was hurtful to many.”
The college wouldn’t disclose if he confronted or obtained any punishment.
Creighton assistant coach Terrence Rencher, who’s Black, stated in a press release by way of the social justice group Coaches for Motion that he was “deeply damage” by McDermott’s phrases. He added that he had by no means skilled “racist power” from the coach earlier than, and famous an obvious vote of confidence for McDermott from the gamers.
“The gamers have determined that they wish to proceed to chase their objectives on the court docket this season with coach McDermott and I assist their needs and can proceed to pour my coronary heart into teaching them and serving to them take care of bigger points,” Rencher wrote.
Creighton has an total document of 17-6 and a Massive East convention document of 13-5. The college is scheduled to play its next-to-last common season recreation at Villanova College on Wednesday. The Massive East event begins subsequent week.
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