Greg McDermott, the coach of Craigton’s men’s basketball team, has been suspended on the eve of the NCAA tournament after he told his players the need to “stay on the plantation” in a postgame speech.
McDermott admitted commenting in the locker room on Saturday following a 77–69 loss to Xavier of the 14th-ranked Bluejays. McDermott, From your account, Told his players: “Friends, we want to be together. We need both legs. I need everyone to stay on the plantation. I cannot have any plantation. “
He coached the Bluejays on Wednesday night, a 72–60 loss at No. 10 Villanova, and the university announced a suspension on Thursday. At his virtual postgame news conference that night, McDermott admitted “a terrible mistake”, but declined to answer questions about his insensitive comments.
“The pain I take because of my players, who see me as a mentor and as a leader – the pain I saw in their eyes – was immense” They said.
The length of the suspension was not revealed, but it would initially include the team’s final regular season game on Saturday against Butler – the Blues’ Senior Day. After that game, Creighton will travel to New York for the Big East Championship. At 17-8 and ranked in the top 25, it is projected As the number 5 seed In the NCAA tournament, which starts in two weeks.
Creighton’s athletic director, Bruce Rasmussen, in a statement announcing the suspension, said McDermott’s remarks were “not in alignment with Creighton’s commitment to racial equity, diversity and respect.”
“Further sanctions are under consideration, not all of which will be shared publicly,” Rasmussen said. McDermott reposted the statement on his Twitter account and said he would accept the suspension.
“I made a mistake and I own it,” he wrote.
When asked about his remarks to the team against Villanova on Wednesday or any possible punishment from the university, McDermott refused to respond.
On Tuesday, McDermott apologized for using a “very inappropriately inappropriate analogy” that he quickly recognized. He said that he had never used that analogy before, with an alliance for its slavery.
McDermott said he had offered to resign but his players refused. “If they had chosen me to walk, I would have walked away, but that was not what they wanted,” he said in a radio interview.
Crayton players have not spoken publicly about McDermott’s comments. Damian Jefferson, who spoke to reporters after the Villanova game on Wednesday, said he would not answer any questions about the incident.
Terence Rencher, the only black assistant coach on McDermott’s staff, said the term “plantation” had a “deep and tragic history”.
Like many teams this season, Creighton has been involved in promoting racial justice efforts. The players have the word “likeness” and a Black Lives Matter patch on their uniforms.
But in the middle Increasing player activism and awareness, Repeated incidents involving racist comments by coaches in college sports. Last June, a fencing coach in St. John’s was fired After a video surfaced in which he made derogatory remarks about black people. In October, Penn Chambers, the men’s basketball coach at Penn State, resigned After accusations that he cited a nose around a player’s neck.