TCU Coach Gary Patterson Apologizes for Repeating Racial Slur


FORT WORTH -- TCU coach Gary Patterson apologized Tuesday after he repeated a racial slur when telling a player to stop using the slur in a team meeting.

In a tweet Monday, linebacker Dylan Jordan accused Patterson of using the slur during practice. As a result, several members of the team's defense boycotted Monday's practice.

Later Monday, center Kellton Hollins issued a statement on Twitter, saying the team's leadership council had met with Patterson and the coach understood that he shouldn't have used the word.

"As a leadership council, we have spoken with Coach P about the events of today. We have discussed ways to move forward while keeping in mind the mental health of the football team. Coach P understands the significance of what he said."

In a statement, Patterson confirmed that he met with the team's seniors and leadership about how to move forward as a team. Patterson said the team is "committed as individuals and as a program to fighting racial injustice of any kind."

"I apologize for the use of the word that, in any context, is unacceptable. I have always encouraged our players to do better and be better and I must live by the same standards," Patterson continued. "Our players, past and present have always been the strength of our program. These men are and will always be my motivation and driving force."

In an email to TCU 360, the university's student media organization, School Chancellor Victor Boschini confirmed the incident took place and that they accept Patterson's apology.

“He said it trying to ask the players not to use it anymore,” Boschini wrote. “He has since apologized for doing so in this manner and said it was a teachable moment for him and many others.”

Patterson, 60, is entering his 20th season as the head coach of the Horned Frogs. He is the school's all-time leader in wins with a record of 172-70.

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