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Texas Tech basketball coach Mark Adams has reportedly stepped down just days after the university accused him of sharing an inappropriate and racially insensitive Bible verse with a player.
The coach referenced a Bible verse about how there is always a master and a servant.
“I was quoting the scripture,” Adams told Stadium. “It was a private conversation about coaching and when you have a job, and being coachable.”
The university issued a statement condemning the coach and said he had been suspended.
“My lifelong goal was to help and be a positive influence on my players, and to be a part of the Texas Tech men’s basketball team,” Adams, a Texas Tech alumnus, said a statement announcing his departure. “However, both the University and I believe this incident has become a distraction for the Texas Tech men’s basketball team and the University, which I care about so deeply.”
Here’s the university’s original statement on the matter:
On Friday, Director of Athletics Kirby Hocutt was made aware of an incident regarding a coaching session between Adams and a member of the men’s basketball team,” the school said in a statement. “Adams was encouraging the student-athlete to be more receptive to coaching and referenced Bible verses about workers, teachers, parents, and slaves serving their masters. Adams immediately addressed this with the team and apologized.
“Upon learning of the incident, Hocutt addressed this matter with Adams and issued him a written reprimand. Hocutt subsequently made the decision to suspend Adams effective immediately in order to conduct a more thorough inquiry of Adams’ interactions with his players and staff.”Texas Tech
Texas Tech said the coach later apologized, but the coach says that’s not true.
“One of my coaches said it bothered the player,” Adams told Stadium. “I explained to them. I didn’t apologize.”
Not sure if Texas Tech has thought this through.
Their argument is that the Holy Bible — God’s Word — is racially offensive.
Good luck the next time the Red Raiders need a Hail Mary.
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