Another word had been added to the forbidden list in hypersensitive post-Obama America: plantation.
Creighton University suspended men’s basketball coach Greg McDermott Thursday after a locker room speech encouraging his players to “stay on the plantation.”
The speech from the white head coach to a team that included several black players followed an “emotionally tough” 77-69 loss to Xavier on Saturday.
The coach said he was “making a point about staying together as a team despite the loss.”
“Guys, we got to stick together. We need both feet in. I need everybody to stay on the plantation. I can’t have anybody leave the plantation,” McDermott.
I’m sorry. pic.twitter.com/tE6thM1aRc
— Coach McDermott (@cucoachmac) March 2, 2021
“I immediately recognized my egregious mistake and quickly addressed my use of such insensitive words with the team,” McDermott said in a statement. “I have never used that analogy and it is not indicative of who I am as a person or as a coach. I am deeply sorry. I have apologized to our student-athletes and to our staff.”
The coach said after the game “the pain that I saw in their eyes was immense.”
“That’s a cross that I’m going to have to bear for a while. I’m going to come out of this on the other end a better person because of it. But it’s going to be a process,” he added.
(Source: Creighton Athletics)
The term “plantation” is frequently used in a political context when talking about the entitlement class policies on the left, designed to prompt targeted demographics to be beholden to one party, as in “Democratic plantation.”
Creighton athletic director Bruce Rasmussen announced the suspension Thursday in a statement
“After our Creighton men’s basketball team returned to Omaha earlier today, Fr. Hendrickson and I engaged with other senior leaders in dialogue and discussion regarding appropriate sanctions for the remarks made by Head Men’s Basketball Coach Greg McDermott that were not in alignment with Creighton’s commitment to racial equity, diversity and respect,” Creighton athletic director Bruce Rasmussen said in a statement. “Coach McDermott and the team have accepted that, effective immediately, he is suspended from all team activities, including Saturday’s home season finale against Butler.”
A statement from Bruce Rasmussen regarding the Creighton’s Men’s Basketball Program: pic.twitter.com/BJAN7bHGV3
— Creighton University (@Creighton) March 5, 2021
Assistant coach Alan Huss was named interim head coach to replace McDermott, who may face further disciplinary action.
“Coach McDermott and our athletics program must use this incident as an opportunity for growth and learning, as clearly more work needs to be done,” the statement concluded.
A contrite McDermott, who reportedly offered to resign, accepted the actions taken by the university.
“I made a mistake and I own it,” he tweeted. “Mistakes come with consequences, and I accept and agree with the suspension.”
Naturally, those who disagree with the action taken are seen as racists.
Here’s a sampling of online responses to the story from those who have grown weary of today’s hypersensitive cancel culture – *Caution: Adult Language:
As a human being, you are never allowed to make a mistake. Ever. Period. Don’t mess up.
— Randy Reed (@rareed1266) March 5, 2021
but I don’t understand didn’t the players say they wanted him to coach???
— Creighton Bluejays (@CreightonBlueJs) March 5, 2021
Everyone needs to settle down and not be so damn touchy. PC and cancel culture is a cancer.
— omahadrummer (@omahadrummer) March 5, 2021
Boy if that isn’t overblown. Greg McDermott is one of the most standup coaches in college basketball. Hopefully this passes quickly.
— Thomas Bailey (@tbailey10571) March 5, 2021
-Prise here is 2fold: 1 That word choice occurs when no context meant as taken. 2 That ALL concerned want a pound of flesh injuriously, needlessly and obsequiously for ‘PC’ #CollegeBasketball #Creighton #BlueJaysBLUES #publichumiliation = excess
— james ohman (@popohman) March 5, 2021
What a fucking joke. Take this energy and go after an actual racist. Look at this mans body of work and commitment to his student athletes regardless of race. Cancel culture is cancer.
— Austin (@augieweitz) March 5, 2021
This is 100% a response to the media reaction to this. This is not necessary. As a black man, I understand mistakes in speech happen. He did not say the N-word or anything explicitly racist, he said something I disagree with, but said this by mistake. I stand with Coach Mac.
— Jaquan Bates (@BigBadBabyBates) March 5, 2021
#Basketball #coach #suspended #urging #team #stay #plantation #tough #loss