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D'oh! Ron English apologizes for comments

According to the Orlando Sentinel, Eastern Michigan head coach Ron English has publicly apologized for his comments on July 31st regarding players raised in single mother households. The comments managed to enrage, well, just about everyone–including our own CFT reader, Donna (Oh yes he did!).

“We wanted guys that had a father in their background. A guy that’s raised by his mom all the time, and please don’t take me wrong, but the reality is that you’ve got to teach that guy how to be taught by a man,” said English in an interview with the Detroit News.

Knowing it was time to dig himself out of a PR hole, English admitted the comments were a mistake.

“Where I’ve been, in high-profile situations, you always have to be very careful about what you say. But I want to say I made a mistake.”

Eastern Michigan Athletic Director Derrick Gragg believed the comments were taken out of context and does not plan to punish English.

Fair enough, but anytime someone says “and please don’t take me wrong,” someone’s going to take it the wrong way.

A lesson from comedian Ron White — “Next time you have a thought, let it go.”

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  1. blitz4848 says: Aug 10, 2010 2:41 PM

    In a separate newflash:
    Ben Kercheval issues an apology to CFT bloggers for wasting their time with BOTH of these headline posts.
    Kercheval goes on to say “he is looking forward to the heated discussions as he provides DAILY updates of North Texas football fall practice”

  2. Donna says: Aug 10, 2010 3:14 PM

    @ Ben:
    Hello there and pay no attention to Blitz4848, he’s a gator and is so well that should explain it…..LOL!
    I wasn’t infuriated at this coach’s comments, I just think he was wayyyyy out of line. Over the years we’ve had many of good athletes where there was no father and to say that a young man should not be given a chance because he was raised by a single woman is just insane! I know some young men who were raised without their fathers and they are stronger young men for that. Sure I bet there were things that had to be taught from outside the home, but coaches used to not be shy about admitting that sometimes their the only father figure some of their student athletes have ever known.
    He should embrace this opportunity he has to affect change in these young men so that they realize how important they should be in their own childrens lives wether they and the mother can make it or not.

  3. BrownsTown says: Aug 10, 2010 3:49 PM

    I go back to a variation of my initial comment in that you have to acknowledge the truth in the aggregate. English wasn’t saying that he wouldn’t give children of single mothers a chance, he was simply identifying a profile with higher markers for success (in the aggregate). It is a valid point that he would have been better off not saying it at all, but there is some fact in his words (in the aggregate). We’re just too inclined to sweep it under the rug because we can’t handle uncomfortable subjects.
    In this case, I have to stick up for Blitz, even if he does follow a school that doesn’t play meaningful football until late September.

  4. Donna says: Aug 10, 2010 4:07 PM

    @ Browns:
    I do agree that there is some validity to the statement. Given that, a young man cannot change the demographics of his family and cannot make his father stay in the picture or in the home if the father is not willing to step up and be a man.
    We live in a society where the breakdown of “the family”, ie. father no longer being in the picture has become all too common, however I must speak as someone who has dealth with this sensitive subject first hand.
    I was married for almost 20 years, my youngest took our break up really hard and he was 18 when it happened. If you were to ask either of my young men now they would tell you that the one thing they learned from my insistence of putting up with their alcoholic father as long as possible was that how not to treat their future family. They learned how they should NOT ever treat their future wife and children. He can remember having things thrown at him, called every unkind name there is, and being beat to the floor at the age of 12 over some chicken tenders ( yes thats a long story). In short I almost committed murder that day and formed the opinion in that instance that I either had to get out with my children alive, or kill him to protect us all!
    This is why this subject hits me in the gut! I wouldn’t want my young me to be given less of a chance at a dream because their father couldn’t grow up!

  5. Wrathchild says: Aug 10, 2010 8:56 PM

    Ron’s mom should smack him upside his fat head.
    “Where I’ve been, in high-profile situations, you always have to be very careful about what you say. But I want to say I made a mistake.”
    You’re at Eastern Michigan, Ron. Not high profile. Not even significant, get over yourself.

  6. frank booth says: Aug 10, 2010 10:47 PM

    It’s fun to say, “in the aggregate”.

  7. BENITO says: Aug 11, 2010 10:13 AM


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