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Ron English apologizes for losing poise, ‘homosexual slurs’

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Friday, Ron English was relieved of his duties as Eastern Michigan’s head coach, a dismissal that officially stemmed from “wholly inappropriate language” directed at his players and was caught on tape but whose roots were in a 11-46 career record at the school.

In an interview with the Associated Press Saturday, English apologized for what his former boss, athletic director Heather Lyke, described as “absolutely unacceptable” behavior on the ex-coach’s part.

“As a man who has coached 21 years, obviously, on this occasion and particular meeting, I lost my poise, got upset and used language that was inappropriate, particularly as it pertains to homosexual slurs. I regret that,” English was quoted as saying during a phone conversation with the AP. “I apologize to the university for putting it in this position and tarnishing its reputation.

“I look forward to continuing a career that has been marked by molding men of integrity, passion, and intensity for 21 years.”

The tape, which made its way to Lyke at some point, was recorded while English and the team were reviewing game film recently.  If you haven’t heard the audio of the incident, you can do so by clicking HERE.  Warning: it’s not the highest-quality recording and is sometimes inaudible.  What is audible, however, is decidedly NSFW.

As for EMU on the field, the Eagles, under interim head coach/offensive coordinator Stan Parrish, defeated bitter in-state rival Western Michigan in overtime Saturday.  The win snapped an eight-game losing streak.

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14 Responses to “Ron English apologizes for losing poise, ‘homosexual slurs’”
  1. hookem21 says: Nov 10, 2013 5:02 PM

    The coach was completely in the wrong, but this was not why he was fired. I wish the school was truly taking a stand, but it sure seems like the school is trying to find a way to fire him with cause.

    However, Before we get the littany of “I heard worse language from my pee wee football coach,” comments–we have as a country been trying to move forward over the last few years as it pertains to gay rights. It shouldn’t be acceptable at any time to use the N-word, especially not when you’re an authority figure–and it’s unacceptable to use gay slurs as well. It’s the exact same thing, and it’s time we move forward (are you listening Incognito). Sports is the only business left that openly discriminates against homosexuals–using the myth that they’re not tough enough. I know some servicemen and women in Iraq and Afghanistan that would disagree.

    Sorry–I will now step off my soap box and wait for the ever present homophobic comments.

  2. basebuck says: Nov 10, 2013 5:16 PM

    Send him back to the wolverines…they need some motivation!

  3. spunhead73 says: Nov 10, 2013 5:47 PM

    If homosexuals don’t like gay slurs,then don’t be gay. They chose that lifestyle,so deal with it. I’m tired of hearing about them.

  4. dreamlandbbq says: Nov 10, 2013 5:53 PM

    The fact that you think homosexuals choose to be homosexuals just proves you don’t know jack.

    Did you just one day choose to be straight–or when you found yourself around the opposite sex did you just automatically find yourself attracted to them?

    What you can choose to be is a BIGOT.

    Racial slurs, Ethnic slurs, and Gay slurs—it’s all the same, and should be treated as such. You wouldn’t hear so much about it if it wasn’t a big problem.

  5. spunhead73 says: Nov 10, 2013 6:48 PM

    Everyone is born straight,if they are born gay,then their first sexual experience would be with the same sex,which isn’t the case. That’s why being gay is a choice.

  6. John Taylor says: Nov 10, 2013 6:49 PM

    Memo to dreamlandbbq: you need to tread lightly moving forward regarding your comments.

    Not as it pertains to this subject matter, mind you. In fact, on this topic, you’re a welcome relief from the bigotry that permeates the comments sections of these types of posts.

    Rather, I’d just like for you to keep in mind that I see all. User names, email addresses, IP addresses and the like. And there’s nothing that pisses me off more than what you’re doing now.

    Your call moving forward. Based on the comments you’ve made under this post, you’d be more than welcome to continue on commenting. Hell, I’d encourage you to do so… as long as you stop the BS that you’re currently trying to pull.

    Again, your call.

  7. dreamlandbbq says: Nov 10, 2013 7:15 PM

    John: Message received. It won’t happen again, and I appreciate your support on shifting the environment of bigotry.

  8. brookseyboy says: Nov 10, 2013 7:20 PM

    At least he didnt call them Redskins

  9. jimmy53 says: Nov 10, 2013 7:33 PM

    This is jimmy53 (not dreamland–just jimmy53)

    spunhead73- I would suggest spending some time talking to a homosexual and asking them why their first experience was with a member of the opposite sex. I believe most of what you will hear is that it is what they were expected to do–their entire life they were told it was supposed to be man and woman that lie together. With this belief inundated into their life they fought against their natural urges. Society told them it was not a choice, and that it was wrong—so they forced themselves into a position where they should never have been. This is, unfortunately, a common occurrence.

    Once again, I think you might have some really incorrect assumptions on homosexuality–the best way to learn is to try and have an honest and open conversation with one.

    jimmy53 (only jimmy53)

  10. Deb says: Nov 10, 2013 9:09 PM

    @spunhead73 …

    You said that if gays don’t want to hear slurs, they shouldn’t be gay. Even if it were a lifestyle choice–and I don’t agree with your views on the issue–why would that entitle people to call them nasty names? Just live and let live. Leave them alone. We may bicker over sports, politics, or musical tastes. But we have no reason to run around calling strangers names because of their race, religion, accent, sexual orientation, gender, age, size, tattoos, or any other arbitrary attribute. People have a right to be who they are without being harassed about it.

    And the ranting on that tape is no way to motivate a football team.

  11. youcantmakemepickausername says: Nov 10, 2013 9:49 PM

    The good news for English is that he’s already been offered a job on the Dolphins advisory council.

  12. polegojim says: Nov 11, 2013 12:06 AM

    @basebuck… you think you’re being insulting… but English was a heckuva good D coach at Michigan.

    We’d welcome him back… but without the language.

  13. tttrojan4life says: Nov 11, 2013 2:12 AM

    I’m sure gays are more offended by his bad football than his slurs.

  14. pdcooper08 says: Nov 12, 2013 12:58 PM

    The audio is very poor, but I just did catch the gay slur made. Other then that, I really don’t get what the big deal is. I thought I heard the coach speaking in a harsh manor but in a way that his players could relate to. Look, this recording is BS. Recording in locker rooms should be forbidden. This goes on in every locker room or meeting room in American. Things that are said there are meant to be kept there. For those that have never been on a team or been subjected to this type of thing, you won’t get it. What I heard was the coach chewing ass and calling out his players. They where 0-8 and in need of a gut check. I don’t see where that’s wrong. Recording it and releasing it for the public to hear, that’s way wrong.

    Look, with social meeting growing, we are going to see more and more of this type of crap. I think it’s a shame.

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