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.”