A university basketball coach is apologizing after utilizing an analogy throughout a current locker room speak wherein he advised his gamers that they wanted to “stay on the plantation.”
Creighton males’s basketball coach Greg McDermott made the feedback following a troublesome loss to Xavier final week.
McDermott apologized for the remarks in a statement posted to Twitter on Tuesday:
On February twenty seventh, after an emotionally powerful loss on the highway, I addressed our student-athletes and workers within the postgame locker room and used a very inappropriate analogy in making some extent about staying collectively as a staff regardless of the loss. Specifically, I mentioned: ‘Guys, we got to stick together. We need both feet in. I need everybody to stay on the plantation. I can’t have anyone depart the plantation.’
I instantly acknowledged my egregious mistake and shortly addressed my use of such insensitive phrases with my staff. I’ve by no means used that analogy and it isn’t indicative of who I’m as an individual or as a coach. I’m deeply sorry. I’ve apologized to our student-athletes and to our workers, in addition to to President [Daniel] Hendrickson and Director of Athletics Bruce Rasmussen.
Over the final 72 hours, I’ve engaged in a number of troublesome conversations with student-athletes, workers, dad and mom, and University directors and I notice the ache that my phrases have induced. For that, I sincerely apologize. I’m dedicated to make sure that this may by no means occur once more and am utilizing this as a studying expertise. While there stays work to be performed and belief to earn again, I respect our student-athletes’ honesty and can keep an open dialogue as we develop and study collectively.
Creighton additionally released a press release addressing what they known as McDermott’s “hurtful” feedback:
Coach McDermott acknowledged the influence of his phrases and apologized to his student-athletes, their households and his workers. While an apology is a begin, and whereas we imagine this was out of character for Coach McDermott, by no means does it diminish the truth that his comment was hurtful to many and has completely no place within the Creighton neighborhood. We have provided our full and unconditional help to these affected by his phrases.
McDermott is among the longest-tenured coaches within the NCAA. He has coached at Creighton since 2010. Before that he coached at Iowa State, Northern Iowa, and North Dakota State.