We have to discuss Cale Gundy.
The College of Oklahoma WR coach, who has spent 28 of the final 32 years both taking part in for or teaching at Oklahoma, abruptly resigned this weekend after utilizing the n phrase in a staff assembly.
Gundy says he seen a participant not paying consideration in a staff assembly, and he took the gamers’ iPad and skim what was on the display screen out loud.
In line with Gundy, it was not intentional, and he instantly apologized.
Earlier than we get into whether or not Cale Gundy ought to nonetheless have a job, we have to acknowledge some common truths:
1) White folks shouldn’t be saying that phrase. Ever.
2) White folks that need to have a dialog in my mentions about whether or not it’s a double normal that black folks can use that phrase have to cease losing time and vitality and refer again to primary.
In case you didn’t need us to have that phrase for ourselves, then your ancestors shouldn’t have given it to us. Throw a seance and take it up with them.
How and when that phrase is used now’s black folks’s enterprise. You don’t personal the difficulty, and going out of your option to attempt to personal the difficulty makes it seem to be that’s not the one factor you would like you owned.
3) After all intent issues, however that’s not Cletus or Billy Bob to adjudicate. This is a matter for the present black gamers and black alumni to type out- not nearly whether or not Clay Gundy ought to proceed to teach, however whether or not he’ll proceed to be a presence of their lives.
I consider in second probabilities, however I’m not within the Oklahoma receivers room.
Joe Mixon, who’s having fun with his NFL profession proper now after receiving a fairly large second probability himself, wrote an impassioned letter defending Gundy.
Many others appeared to hurry to Gundy’s protection, however Gundy has determined for himself, until there’s some inner strain from Oklahoma that we haven’t heard about, that he must step away from his position.
Cale Gundy is taking accountability for his mistake on a a lot deeper stage than Utah defensive coordinator Morgan Scalley has, or Former TCU Head Coach and present Texas assistant Gary Patterson, and even his personal brother Mike Gundy, who reportedly used that language maliciously towards College of Colorado gamers again in his taking part in days at Oklahoma State.
At this level, cases of white coaches utilizing the n phrase has occurred regularly sufficient that it’s time for soccer coaches to do the factor they’re finest recognized for- put together and plan.
I notice that in Gundy’s case, in case you consider him, you may’t put together for a Ron Burgundy teleprompter second, however for the remainder of the white coaches on the market, it’s time to pay attention to this development and practice your mouths and minds on what may cost a little you your profession, divide your fan base, your locker room, and negatively have an effect on your college’s capability to recruit.
Let that sink in.