TCU coach Gary Patterson apologizes for repeating racial slur during team meeting

Ross Houston
August 4, 2020

"I apologize for the use of a word that, in any context, is unacceptable", Patterson wrote on Twitter.

TCU's head coach didn't elaborate on when and why he muttered the word. only adding, "I have always encouraged our players to do better and be better and I must live by the same standards".

Patterson's tweet came a day after school Chancellor Victor Boschini said the almost 20-year leader of TCU's program, who is white, had apologized for using the slur during a confrontation with linebacker Dylan Jordan, who is Black, at practice. When Jordan confronted Patterson about it later, Jordan said Patterson called him a "f***ing brat" and threatened to send him back to his hometown of Pittsburg, Kansas.

As a result of Jordan's post, several Horned Frogs players sat out of Monday's workout.

"We are committed as individuals and as a program to fighting racial injustice of any kind", Patterson wrote.

Jordan wrote on Twitter that he responded, "For what, I ain't did nothin'".

In Jordan's recounting of the incident, he asked Patterson what he did wrong.

When Jordan asked why, Patterson said "you've been saying (n-word) in the meeting room".

TCU center Kellton Hollins, a member of the team's leadership council, wrote on Twitter that his group met with Patterson and reiterated that using the word in any context isn't acceptable. In response to Jordan's public expression, several teammates such as Derius Davis, Artayvious Lynn, and Joshua Carraway each chimed in to claim that Patterson has never used that term towards any of his players. We also asked coach to quit saying, 'I don't see color, ' because he has to see it. We must continue to demand change. The university chancellor called it a "teachable moment".

While the TCU athletic department and Patterson have yet to comment, several TCU players have defended Patterson on Twitter, with most reiterating the point that the coach did not direct the racial slur at any of his players.

TCU head coach Gary Patterson listens to a reporter's question on the first day of Big 12 Conference NCAA college football media days Monday, July 15, 2019, at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

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