Texas Tech suspends basketball coach, says he used ‘Bible verses about … slaves serving their masters,’ later apologized. But coach tells different story.
Texas Tech University has suspended men’s basketball coach Mark Adams over an interaction with a player, Yahoo Sports reported.
“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, according to the outlet. “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.”
But Adams told a bit of a different story to Stadium, a sports network.
The coach told Stadium his comments were not racist and that he was quoting a Bible verse when he told a player there is “always a master and a servant.”
“I was quoting the Scripture,” Adams added to Stadium. “It was a private conversation about coaching and when you have a job and being coachable.”