Thursday, April 26, 2012

Reaction to Ron Brown's AP interview; a growing embarrassment to NU athletics and to recruiting

A day after the Associated Press gave Ron Brown space to play the martyr (picked up by Sports Illustration's as well as USA Today) a blogger on CBS's Sports website is all over Ron Brown and NU.
    The Huffington Post piled on as well, reminding readers:
"This is about using that religion to discriminate against others and build an environment on the Cornhusker football team that prohibits gay athletes and allies from achieving their goals," Outsports co-founder Cyd Zeigler wrote in a blog for HuffPost GayVoices. "Both of these contradict the university's nondiscrimination policy."
     Columbia University wrestling coach Hudson Taylor, who also serves as executive director for LGBT advocacy group Athlete Ally, echoed those sentiments to the Human Rights Campaign (HRC). "A coach's most important role is his or her place as a mentor and leader...given Brown's work to thwart equal rights for LGBT people, I fear that his presence on the Huskers' coaching staff will undermine the well being of his athletes regardless of their perceived or actual sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression."

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