Texas Tech’s head men’s basketball coach Mark Adams recently resigned from his position after he was accused of using “racially insensitive” language to describe one of the players.
Texas Tech Basketball Coach Mark Adams, 66, Resigns After Controversial Racially Insensitive Remark
Initially, he was suspended from the position by Texas for having “referenced Bible verses about workers, teachers, parents, and slaves serving their masters” in relation to players being coachable. However, he went on to argue that he was just “quoting scripture” when discussing this controversial statement.
“I was quoting the scripture. It was a private conversation about coaching and when you have a job, and being coachable,” Adams said during an interview with Stadium about the incident. “I said that in the Bible that Jesus talks about how we all have bosses, and we all are servants. I was quoting the Bible about that.”
Although the University claimed the incident was addressed and their men’s basketball coach apologized for the commentary, the 66-year-old went on to deny apologizing to the outlet. “One of my coaches said it bothered the player,” he told Stadium. “I explained to them. I didn’t apologize.”
Texas Tech went on to release a statement that shared an ongoing investigation was being conducted due to the coach’s behavior. “Director of Athletics Kirby Hocutt subsequently made the decision to suspend Adams effective immediately in order to conduct a more thorough inquiry of Adams’ interactions with his players and staff,” they wrote.
Despite the school calling the racially insensitive comment “unintentional and an isolated incident” Adams ultimately put in a letter of resignation in order to protect the Texas Tech basketball team.
“My lifelong goal was to help and be a positive influence on my players, and to be a part of the Texas Tech men’s basketball team,” he explained in his resignation statement. “However, both the University and I believe this incident has become a distraction for the Texas Tech men’s basketball team and the University, which I care about so deeply.”
However, this was not the only controversial behavior Adams was investigated for. Earlier this season, the 66-year-old allegedly spit on a player and told the player “I can spit on you whenever I want to.” He has since disputed this claim, arguing that he had a “bad cough and slobbered on the player during the game.”
Following the coach’s resignation, Corey Williams will assume the role as interim coach.
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