Friday, July 31, 2009

Hawaii Football Coach's Anti-Gay Slur

Greg McMackin, head football coach of the Hawaii Warriors football team, is attempting to apologize for some derogatory comments he made about Notre Dame's football team. Seems that yesterday he was speaking at a media day for the Western Athletic Conference and was talking about his team's game against Notre Dame last year in the Hawaii Bowl.

McMackin referred to a dance the Irish performed during a banquet before the game as a "little faggot dance."

Moreover, McMackin used the term “faggot” three times while explaining why Notre Dame was so fired up to play Hawaii in the game, which Hawaii lost 21-49.

As soon as he said it he seemed to realize the implications it would have, and he asked the reporters there not to relay his statements.

So far no one involved with the football program at Hawaii is saying much, but McMackin is meeting today with Hawaii athletic director Jim Donovan, so we will see what comes from that.

Below is the apology that McMackin issued yesterday. What do you think? Leave us a comment and let us know.

"I would sincerely like to apologize for the inappropriate verbiage of words that I used. I have nothing against the University of Notre Dame. I don't talk like that. I'm really ticked off at myself for saying that. I don't have any prejudices. It really makes me mad that I said that. I'm disappointed in myself.

"It ticks me off that I said that because Notre Dame played a great ball game. What I was trying to do was be funny, and I wasn't funny, and it's not funny. Even more, it isn't funny to me. I was trying to make a joke. It was a bad choice of words. I really, really feel that.

"I wanted to apologize. I'm going to apologize to my team. I'm going to apologize to the people of Hawai'i. ... All I can do is apologize, and I feel bad that I used those words. It was really stupid. I just feel really bad. I apologize."

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

If you've seen the video, the man's posture and the look on his face during his apology seem very sincere. Hawaii will take appropriate action, after all, the state as a whole celebrates and encourages diversity. For PFLAG to demand that the coach make a $10,000 donation is ridiculous. Surely, PFLAG can raise funds and awareness for its positive mission through more productive means. Demand an apology, but not money. That's petty.

clarehitchens said...

Sounds to me like he doesn't realize who he really should be apologizing to.

Erin Williams said...

Anonymous,

To be clear, PFLAG did not demand any moeny ($10,000 or otherwise) from Coach McMackin. We simply posted this article to bring attention to his comments.

Football Messages said...

The guy is a homophobic idiot but shaking him down for $10k is a bit much. Just name and shame.